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Title:Emperor Menelik's attempts towards political integration: case study from north-eastern Shoa (Ethiopia), 1889-1906
Author:Omer, Ahmed Hassen
Periodical:Annales d'Éthiopie
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:nation building
Abstract:This article deals with Emperor Menelik's activities in northeastern Shoa, Ethiopia, during the period 1889-1906. The first part of the period was characterized by the Great Famine of 1888-1892, which disrupted the economic base of Shoa society and damaged the social fabric of the area. In spite of the hardships of these years, the famine period also ushered in extensive interaction among the diverse communities of the region. With the recovery of the region after 1892, Menelik's policy shifted to political issues, notably the presence of the Italians in northern Ethiopia. The article discusses in particular the battle at Adwa (1895/1896), and Menelik's policy towards greater political integration among the diverse elements of the population of the area. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]