Bertrand Taithe

Of Arms & Menelik

The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire


Harvard University Press/Belknap Press 413pp £22.95 order from our bookshop

The Battle of Adwa is a compelling political narrative of one of the most important events of the late nineteenth-century imperial era: the catastrophic defeat of the Italian army against the levy of the Negus Menelik II, king of kings of Ethiopia. Raymond Jonas has written a riveting book that brings together the fates of nations and the stories of dozens of fascinating characters.

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