Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia by Nigusie Kassaye W. Michael examines the political history of the last Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I. Nigusie provides a comprehensive account of the Ethiopian domestic and foreign politics during Haile Selassie's reign, a time when Ethiopia reached the peak of its power. Drawing on Russian and Ethiopian archival sources, this book analyzes Haile Selassie I as not only the final Emperor of Ethiopia but also the founder of modern Ethiopian diplomacy and centralized Ethiopia with access to the sea. The monarch carried out numerous, important reforms that encouraged the country’s development and growth of its international authority. In 1974, when the monarch left his palace, Ethiopia was a member of the United Nations, the Organization of African Unity, the World Health Organization, the International Red Cross, etc. and maintained diplomatic relations with eighty-one states, sixty-one of which had embassies and missions in Addis Ababa.
Nigusie Kassaye Wolde Michael is doctor of Historical Sciences and professor in the Department of Theory and History of International Relations, RUDN University, Moscow, Russia.
Chapter 1: The Struggle for The Throne
Chapter 2: On the Eve of The Invasion
Chapter 3: For Sovereign Ethiopia
Chapter 4: In Search for Allies. 1952–1970.
Chapter 5: The Empire’s Systemic Crisis
About the Author
Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia by Nigusie Kassaye W. Michael is one of the most balanced and appreciative views of Ethiopian history during the emperor’s reign. Based on archival sources and on the memories of eyewitnesses, the author tells a multifaceted and tragic story not only of the last emperor of Ethiopia but also about the internal and external affairs of the country in the twentieth century.
Nigusie has written the definitive masterpiece on Haile Selassie’s critical position in the opening of Ethiopia and the rest of Africa toward the twentieth century. No other leader of the African continent held such a pivotal role as that of Haile Selassie. Nigusie makes a meticulous examination of the political activities of Emperor Selassie from his emergence as Ras Tafari with a powerful awareness of his place in history. Searching through archives and official documents as well as primary correspondence to and from world leaders, Nigusie demonstrates the broad historical shoulders of Haile Selassie. This is a monumental work which will have far-reaching significance on all aspects of African history.