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Leslau, Wolf, (ed.), Falasha Anthology. Yale University Press, 1951.

Tadesse Tamrat, Church and State in Ethiopia, 1270-1527. 1972. (Often misfiled as a religious book, many university libraries keep it separate from other books on Ethiopia)


Clay, Jason W. & Holcomb, Bonnie K. Politics and the Ethiopian Famine. Cultural Survival Inc., 1986.

Dejene, Alemneh, Environment, Famine and Politics In Ethiopia: A View form theVillage. Lynne Riener Pub., 1990.  (Based on data surveys and observations by the author in rural Ethiopia)

Dejene, Alemneh, Peasants, Agrarian Socialism and Rural Development in Ethiopia. Westview Press, 1987.

Erlich, Haggai and Gershoni, Isreal, (ed.) Nile: Histories, Cultures, Myths. Lynne Rienner Pub, 1999.

Erlich, Haggai. Ras Alula and the Scramble for Africa: A Political Biography: Ethiopia and Eritrea 1875-1897. Red Sea Press, 1996.

Farah, Nuruddin, Yesterday, Tomorrow: Voices from the Somali Diaspora. London: Cassell, 2000. 198 pp.

Hancock, Graham. The Sign and the Seal: The Quest for the Lost Ark of the Covenant. Touchstone, 1993. A fascinating book the puts part of Ethiopian history in a world context.  Recommend.

Hassen, Mohammed. Oromo of Ethiopia: A History, 1570-1860. Red Sea Press, 1990. (Focuses especially on the Gibe' region - southern Ethiopia)

Iyob, Ruth. The Eritrean Struggle For Independence: Domination, Resistance, Nationalism, 1941-1993. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1995.

Lefort, Rene, Ethiopia: An Heretical Revolution? 1983. (One viewpoint on the revolution, the writing captures the mood of the time...vignettes from the Idget b'Hibret campaign.)

Marcus, Harold G. History of Ethiopia. Univ. of California Press, 1995.

Marcus, Harold G., Life and Times of Menelik II: Ethiopia 1844-1913. 1975. (Excellent)

Markakis, John, and Fukui, Katsuyoshi, (ed) Ethnicity and Conflict in the Horn. Ohio Univ Press, 1994.

McCann, James C. People of the Plow: A History of Ethiopian Agriculture. Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1995.

Mockler, Anthony, Haile Selassie's War. Olive Branch Press, 2002.

Pankhurst, Alula, Settlement and Famine in Ethiopia: The Villagers' Experience. 1992. (Alula lived with the settlers from Wello who were making a new like in Wellega)

Pankhusrt, Richard, A Social History of Ethiopia: The Northern and Central Highlands from Early Medieval Times to the Rise of Emperor Tewodros II. Red Sea Press, 1992.

Rey, Charles F., The Romance of the Portugese in Ethiopia: 1490-1633. 1929. (More on the Portugese than the Ethiopians, but very good reading thanks to the relative wealth of historical material, and the extraordinary subject matter.)

Selassie, Bereket Habte. Riding the Whirlwind: An Ethiopian Story of Love and Revolution. Red Sea Press. (Selassie, an Eritrean's, experience as Ethiopia's Attorney General under Haile Selassie.)

Tareke, Gebru, Ethiopia: Power and Protest. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1991.

Tesfagiorgis, Abeba, Painful Season and a Stubborn Hope: The Odyssey of an Eritrean Woman in Prison. Red Sea Press, 1992 (Autobiography through the period of the Eritrea liberation war).

Tiruneh, Andargachew, The Ethiopian Revolution 1974-1987: A Transformation from an Aristocratic to a Totalitarian Autocracy. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1993.

Wylde, Augustus, Modern Abyssinia. 1901. (Wylde was in Ethiopia six months after Adowa. Interviews with Ras Alula, Ras Mengesha, details on the death of Atse Yohannes...wonderful description of the caravan road from Adowa to Shoa... encounter with Ethiopian Gypsies.)

Zewde, B., History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1974. Ohio Univ. Press, 1991.


Andrzejewski, B.W., Anthology of Somali Poetry. 1993.

Farah, Nuruddin, From a Crooked Rib. Heinemann, 1970 (Somalia; The challenges and dilemmas of a rural Moslem woman who breaks with tradition.).

Farah, Nuruddin, Naked Needle. Heinemann, 1976 (Somalia; Interracial relationships in a traditional Islamic culture.).

Fahah, Nuruddin, Sweet and Sour Milk. Heinemann, 1980 (Somalia; Political thriller).

Henze, Paul, Ethiopian Journeys: Travels in Ethiopia, 1969-72. 1977. (Last glimpse of Imperial Ethiopia. Alternative to a tourist guidebook....many photos including the only photo I've ever seen of "The Abyss" with the Jin Bahir river entering as a waterfall.)

Loughran, Katheryne S. and Samatar, Said S. (ed.), Somalia in Word and Image. Indiana Univ., 1986.

Moorehead, Alan, The Blue Nile. Harper & Row, 1972.

Murphy, Dervla, In Ethiopia with a Mule. Murray, 1968.

Sellasie, B., The Afersata. Heinemann, 1969. (Ethiopia)

Teferra, Fitsame, Abeba Goes to Bed: An Ethiopian Children Book, 2009 (Ethiopia)

Worku, D., Thirteenth Sun. Heinemann, 1973. (Ethiopia; contract between young and old, Christianity and traditional myth, and ideals of freedom.)


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