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Nicholas II and Ethiopia
« on: December 26, 2018, 03:15:36 AM »
I do not think there were any subjects on the relations between Russia and Ethiopia at the time of Nicholas II.

I have been studying this question for some time, especially through the books of Alexander Boulatovich, Piotr Krasnov and Nicolas Leontiev. There are even Nicholas II mountains in Abyssinia (a chain of volcanoes).

In Krasnov's book, there is a funny anecdote. The Russian lieutenant offers a watch to an Ethiopian village chief. On the watch is an engraved portrait of Nicholas II. Krasnov explains to the village chief who he is, and the village chief replies: "We have heard a lot about the great ruler of Moscow, and during the war with the Italians no one came to take care of the Abyssinian wounded. but the Tsar of Moscow sent his doctors. "

Very interesting books on the report of the Russians to Africa, to the colonization, to the other colonial powers, and to the look on the African customs and tradition.

I will try to put links to these books not always easy to find.

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Re: Nicholas II and Ethiopia
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2018, 05:21:10 PM »
That's where the Abyssinian guards came from.
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Re: Nicholas II and Ethiopia
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2018, 03:00:10 AM »
Originally yes. I believe that at the time of Nicholas II it was not quite true anymore.

But sons of wealthy Ethiopian families have been educated in Russia. Haile Mariam Wandi from Harar belonged to the Moscow Cadets.

I put the link to the book of Piotr Nikolaevich Krasnov. In 1897-1898 he was head of the escort of a diplomatic mission to Negus Menelik II. For those who understand Russian, it's exciting.

http://az.lib.ru/k/krasnow_p_n/text_0260.shtml

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« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 04:25:01 AM »
After Krasnov's book, I post Count Leontiev's book. He helped in the victory of Adoua against the Italians. His book may exist in Russian, but I found it in French (I think it is an abridged version unfortunately):

https://gallica.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/bpt6k6208905b.r=%C3%A9thiopie%20leontieff?rk=21459;2

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« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2019, 04:29:20 AM »
Yes, I did not express myself well, it is actually a form of "summary translation" of Leontiev's book. Many Russian works of the time were translated into French in an indirect narrative form (Krasnov's book, for example).

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Re: Nicholas II and Ethiopia
« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2019, 08:15:09 PM »
One of two books that Russian explorer Alexander Bulatovich devoted to his years in Ethiopia. He tells in this one his adventure at Lake Rudolf:

http://omolenko.com/istoria/menelik.htm?p=all