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Title:The political crisis in Tegray, 1889-99
Author:Tafla, Bairu
Periodical:Africa: rivista trimestrale di studi e documentazione
Geographic term:Ethiopia
presidential elections
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40759153
Abstract:The transition of political power in Ethiopia following the death of Emperor Yohannes at the Battle of Mätänma was rather automatic. The balance had already risen so well in favour of Negus Menilek that the submission of the notables of Gojjam, Bägémeder and Wällo came to-be a matter of course. Only Tegray had never enjoyed more peace and stability for such length of time, at any rate, in the last century than in the reign of Emperor Yohannes, 1872-89. The decade that followed the death of the sovereign nevertheless turned out to be an antithesis of the peace, stability, political and military power as well as of the social and economic-flourishing of the Yohannes era. The situation that prevailed in the 1890's over that part of the empire was so pathetically chaotic, in contrast to the serenity which reigned in other regions, that Tegray became a classical example, at last in the next two decades, for ominous developments in Ethiopia. Notes.