Photos as Historical Witnesses: The First Ethiopians in Germany and the First Germans in Ethiopia, the History of a Complex Relationship

Wolbert G. C. Smidt (Author) Richard Pankhurst (Introduction by)


Historically speaking, Ethiopians traveled to Germany at a surprisingly early time period. Examples include Abba Gorgoryos, the co-founder of Ethiopian Studies in Germany, who resided in Gotha in 1652, or former Oromo slaves in the early 19th century. Germans also migrated to Ethiopia, whose Ethiopian-German descendents sometimes played an important role in cultural exchange, politics, and diplomacy over generations. As a result of many years of research, this book presents historical images and texts documenting the history of German-Ethiopian relations. Capturing crucial historical moments, some of the research material in this book is previously unknown to historians. (Series: Afrika Visuell - Vol. 2) Subject: History, African Studies, German Studies] Text in English, German and Amharic.

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Lit Verlag
Publish Date
July 01, 2015
8.1 X 0.3 X 11.6 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Professor Richard Pankhurst is Sylvia Pankhurst's only child and was an adult throughout much of the period covered by this book. Using largely unpublished materials, he traces his mother's opposition to Italian Fascism and advocacy of Ethiopian independence. The author, who bore witness to his mother's political activities on behalf of Ethiopia, and other victims of Fascism, is a historian of the country where he resides with his wife Rita. He has written extensively on many aspects of Ethiopian history, and is the author of a biography of his mother's earlier life, Sylvia Pankhurst: Artist.