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Title:The Wandering Capitals of Ethiopia
Author:Horvath, Ronald J.
Year:1969
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Volume:10
Issue:2
Pages:205-219
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:capitals
history
1500-1599
1600-1699
History and Exploration
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/179511
Abstract:During the two centuries preceding the foundation of Gondar in 1636, the capitals of Ethiopia were, with few exceptions, in a continual state of motion. Military motives prompted the Ethiopian elite to change their capitals from fixed to mobile settlements. Several factors influenced the development of the guerrilla cities of the elite into nomadic capitals. These adaptations in turn made a stabilization of capitals difficult. The adaptation to the wandering capitals themselves had a feedback effect on the pattern of movement, and there fore contributed to a continuation of capital movement. This paper describes the wandering capitals of 16th and 17th-century Ethiopia and offers an explanation for the pattern of movement. Table, figure, notes.
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