"Asma's Vision of Ethiopia"
Bekalu Kifle, SHASS Pre-doctoral Fellow
May 3, 2017
1PM in E1-285
The History of the Galla and the Kingdom of Shoa was written by Asma Giyorgis between 1910 and the author's death in 1915. Kifle considers this work as a departure from the age-old tradition of recording the past (chronicle and hagiographical writings). At the start of the 20th Century Ethiopian history came to be written in a linear mode. Kifle explores how the author engaged in source criticism characterized by unsparing critique of former generations of historian; how he set up his periodization and temporal focus for the manuscript; and how he attended to such questions as: Who constitutes the national subject? Which groups, which races, which regions, which classes make the nation and which do not?