Raymond JonasThe Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire

Harvard University Press, 2011

by Jay Lockenour on May 1, 2012

Raymond Jonas

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Raymond JonasThe Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire (Harvard UP, 2011) places Menelik alongside Napoleon and other greatest strategists. The Ethiopian emperor carried out a brilliant maneuver across hundreds of miles, essentially defeating his Italian adversaries without battle. That battle came was the colossal blunder of the Italians and one that cost thousands of Italian and Askari soldiers their lives. More than just the history of the campaign, The Battle of Adwa provides keen insights into Menelik’s court and elucidates Italian imperial ambitions.

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SOLOMON KEBEDE BALEKEW April 16, 2014 at 6:58 am

Professor Raymond,
I thank you so much for your book “The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire…. You did a noble job letting Africans to read their history, their fight for freedom and the like. I doubt if your book has reached young Ethiopians due to various reasons. I therefore highly appreciate if you could explore possible venues or means to reach out young Ethiopians and so that they get the opportunity to read your book. I can even foresee the possibility of designing a project for translating the book in to Amharic Language so that so many Ethiopians can get the opportunity to read.

With Respect

Beruke Abel March 4, 2014 at 6:05 am

The Battle of Adwa: African Victory in the Age of Empire…..I love our history ….i love ethiopia the independent and historic country in Africa….we thank u very much professor Raymond Jonas and God bless you

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