Tsehai Berhane has studied and written on Ethiopia and military history for many years. We discuss her latest book on Ethiopian warriors from the 1800s to 1900s.
0:58 – Tsehai talks about how she got into studying Ethiopian warrior culture.
2:09 – Tsehai talks about what the book covers and Ethiopian history.
3:50 – Tsehai mentions Ethiopian children wargames.
7:41 – Tsehai talks about how information was shared among Ethiopian warriors.
11:29 – Tsehai talks about militia arsenals.
19:10 – Tsehai talks about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia.
24:18 – Many Ethiopian warriors did not have any idea what mechanized weapons were at the time of the Italian invasion.
31:59 – Tsehai talks about the resources she sued for her research.
34:17 – Tsehai talks about where she found documents for her research.
36:06 – Tsehai talks about why she started the book at 1800.
42:26 – Tsehai found it most difficult to work with militia warriors in rural Ethiopia.
45:00 – Tsehai talks about a sad story during the invasion period involving tanks. Another involves a massacre of Ethiopians.
51:00 – Tsehai talks about how she and other academics were expelled from the country.
54:28 – Tsehai is still looking for information on Ethiopian experiences.
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Guests: Tsehai Berhane
Host: Cris Alvarez
Tags: military, history, military history, conflict, war, interview, non-fiction book, Africa, Ethiopia, warriors, Italy, invasion, kings, Arabs