Rome mayor slams British travel warning


Rome’s mayor has hit back after the British Foreign Office warned holidaymakers of the high levels of petty crime in the capital, describing the advice as “misleading” and claiming that London is much more dangerous. “The information from the British Foreign Office on the dangers of tourists from Great Britain on holiday in Rome is…

Emperor Haile Selassie I


After a failed assassination attempt against Graziani on February 19, 1937, the colonial authorities executed 30,000 persons, including about half of the younger, educated Ethiopian population.   THE INTERREGNUM The two years of Menelik’s reign that followed the death of Ras Tessema in 1911 found real power in the hands of Ras (later Negus) Mikael…

Ethiopia: From Tewodros II to Menelik II, 1855-89 [part 2]


Washington: GPO for the Library of Congress, 1991. Thomas P. Ofcansky and LaVerle Berry, editors.   Tewodros II’s origins were in the Era of the Princes, but his ambitions were not those of the regional nobility. He sought to reestablish a cohesive Ethiopian state and to reform its administration and church. He did not initially…

Chemical Weapons in Ethiopia


By Lorenzo Striuli March 2014 Panzer Grenadier players may wonder why very few references to the use of chemical weapons by the Italians are included in the scenarios of Conquest of Ethiopia. After all, this is a well-known subject in the historiography of the war. But are we so sure that is it actually so…