A more extensive list of suggested further reading on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa

There is an immense and continually growing literature on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. We have listed here a number of the more interesting books for further reading on history and culture, travel, art and literature. We have not included articles, many of which are to be found in the publications of the triennial International Conferences of Ethiopian Studies (ICES): the most recent of these have been:

Marcus, H. G. (ed.), 1994 New Trends in Ethiopian Studies. Papers of the XII International Conference of  Ethiopian Studies, Michigan State University, 5–10 September 1994, 3 vols., Lawrenceville NJ.

Katsuyoshi Fukui, Eisei Kurimoto and Masayoshi Shigeta (eds.), 1997 Ethiopia in Broader Perspective.    Papers of the XIIIth International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Kyoto, 12–17 December 1997, Kyoto.

Baye Yimam (ed.), Proceedings of the XIVth. International Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, 6– 11November 2000. Addis Ababa: Institute of Ethiopian Studies.

Uhlig, S. (ed.) 2006. Proceedings of the XVth. International Conference of Ethiopian Studies Hamburg July 20– 25, 2003. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag. 

Ege, S., Harald Aspen, Birhanu Teferra and Shiferaw Bekele (eds). Proceedings of the XV1th. International   Conference of Ethiopian Studies, Trondheim, 2-7 July 2007. Proceedings can be accessed  through  http://portal.svt.ntnu.no/sites/ices16/default.aspx

The XVIIth. International Conference of Ethiopian Studies was held in November 2009 in Addis Ababa.

History and culture (general)

Asmerom  Legesse 2006. Oromo Democracy: An Indigenous African Political System Trenton NJ: Red Sea  Press.

Bahru Zewde, 1998 A Short History of Ethiopia and the Horn, Addis Ababa.

      1991 A History of Modern Ethiopia, 1855-1974. Athens: Ohio University Press.

Beckwith, C., Fisher, A. and Hancock, G. 1990 African Ark: People and Ancient Cultures of Ethiopia and the  Horn of Africa. Harry  N. Abrams.

Bender, M. Lionel (ed.). 1981 Peoples and Cultures of the Ethio-Sudan  Borderlands. East Lansing: African   Studies Center, Michigan State University.

Berhanou Abebe, 1998 Histoire de l'Ethiopie d'Axoum a la revolution, Paris: Maison-neuve et Larose.

Crummey, Donald, 2000 Land and Society in the Christian Kingdom of Ethiopia: from the Thirteenth to the  Twentieth Century, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dessalegn Rahmato. 1985 Agrarian Reform in Ethiopia. Trenton: Red Sea Press.

Doresse, Jean, 1971 Histoire Sommaire de la Corne Orientale de l'Afrique, Paris: Geuthner.

Henze, Paul, 2000 Layers of Time: A History of Ethiopia, Hurst, London.

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

Leroy, Jules. 1973 L'Ethiopie – Archeologie et Culture, Bruges: Deschede Brouwer.

Levine, Donald N. 2000 Greater Ethiopia: The Evolution of a Multi-Ethnic Society. 2nd. ed. Chicago: University  of Chicago Press.

        1965 Wax and Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture.  Chicago: University of 

           Chicago Press.

Lewis, I.M. 1955 Peoples of the Horn of Africa: Somali, Afar, and Saho. (Ethnographic Survey of Africa: North  Eastern Africa, Pt. 1.) London: International African Institute.

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Addis Ababa, one of the two chartered cities in the Federation, is the seat of the Federal Government and is also the capital of the Oromia Regional State. It is the largest city in the country with a population of 2.7 million at the 2007 census (estimated at 3.2 million in 2011). It lies on the central plateau at an altitude of 2300-2400 meters, and with an average temperature of around 160C.

Addis Ababa, founded in 1887, is host to the African Union (AU) and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Several other international organizations have their head quarters and offices there. It the seat of the Federal Government, the House of Representatives and the House of Federation, as well as country's center of commerce and industry.

Regional State Governments and Capitals:

Afar Regional State: Semera

Amhara Regional State: Bahr Dar

Benishangul Gumuz: Asossa

Gambella Regional State: Gambella

Harar State: Harar

Oromia Regional State: Finfine (Addis Ababa)

Somali Regional State: Jijiga

SNNP Regional State: Hawassa

Tigray Regional State: Makelle