Edition: Paperback
ISBN: 9780571255153
No of pages: 428

Caesar in Abyssinia

£18.00 £14.40 (Paperback)

Caesar in Abyssinia , published in 1936, was the first of G. L. Steer's three books about Italy's invasion, occupation of, and final removal from Ethiopia. Steer wrote the official history The Abyssinian Campaigns (1942) as well as Sealed and Delivered (1942), which is also being reissued in Faber Finds.

Nick Rankin, in his introduction, describes Caesar in Abyssinia as Steer's 'remarkable - and partisan - account of the last great episode of armed colonial conquest in Africa, the Italo-Ethiopian war of 1935-36.' Italy had first tried to meld an Africa Orientale Italina in 1895. It failed with the humiliating defeat at the battle of Adowa in 1896. Mussolini was keen on revenge and creating a new Roman Empire abroad.

In literary terms the war is best known through Evelyn Waugh's Waugh in Abyssinia and Scoop . Steer and Waugh were rivals and could hardly be more different in outlook. Nick Rankin says of their first meeting, 'their trains went in opposite directions, and so did their dispatches and politics.'

Waugh championed the Italian cause, Steer the Ethiopian. Steer now seems not only more admirable but more right, too.


Categorised as: Non-fiction
Sub-categories: History
Places: Ethiopia
Genres & Themes: Faber Finds; Colonialism; Invasion; Reportage; Military

Sealed and Delivered
G. L. Steer

Sealed and Delivered was first published in 1942. In a way, it is a sequel to Caesar in Abyssinia (also reissued in Faber Finds) which ...

The Tree of Gernika
G. L. Steer

The Tree of Gernika: a Field Study of Modern War was published in 1938. It is G. L. Steer's masterpiece. Martha Gellhorn famously wrote ...

Newsletter Sign-up

Keep in touch with all the latest news and events from Faber Social by signing up for the newsletter. Sign up here.

Free UK P&P

On orders over £25.00 (see conditions)