(^) denotes Amharic translation

The following are some valuable historical reference books which discuss Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Crown and Culture. Ethiopian names do not follow the same protocols as Western style. The second name is usually the name of the father. As a result, where Ethiopian authors are listed here, they are listed by their given name followed by the patronymic.

  • Abbink, J.: Ethiopian Society & History: A Bibliography of Ethiopian Studies 1957-1990. Den Haag, 1990: CIP-Gegevens Koninklijke.
  • Baigent, Michael; Leigh, Richard; and Lincoln, Henry: The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. London, 1982: Jonathan Cape.
  • Berkeley, F. H.: The Campaign of Adowa and the Rise of Menelik. London 1935: Constable. 2nd Edition.
  • Brooks, Dr Michael F.: The Kebra Negast. The Modern Translation of the Kebra Negast (The Glory of Kings). Kingston, Jamaica, 1995: Kingston Publishers Limited.
  • Brown, Pamela S., and Fassil Yirgu (eds.): One House: The Battle of Adwa 1896 — 100 Years. Chicago, Illinois, 1996: Nyala Publishing.
  • Budge, E. A. Wallis: A History of Ethiopia, Nubia and Abyssinia (According to the Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Egypt and Nubia and the Ethiopian Chronicles). London, 1928: Methuen (two vols.). Republished in Oosterhout, the Netherlands, in 1966 in one volume by Anthropological Publications.
  • Budge, E. A. Wallis: The Queen of Sheba and Her Only Son Menyelek. Oxford, 1932: Oxford University Press (2nd ed.). This translation of the Kebra Negast by Budge was also published in 1922 by the Medici Society in London.
  • Burke’s Royal Families of the World, Volume II: Africa and the Middle East. London, 1980: Burke’s Peerage Limited.
  • Canetti, Elias: Crowds and Power. New York, 1973: The Continuum Publishing Corporation.
  • Churchill, Winston: The River War. London, 1997: Prion. Originally published in two volumes, 1899. This edition, reprinted from the 1933 edition, has a forward by Winston Churchill (the Younger), the original author’s grandson.
  • Copley, Gregory: Ethiopia Reaches Her Hand Unto God: Imperial Ethiopia’s Unique Symbols, Structures and Role in the Modern World. Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 1998: The International Strategic Studies Association, PO Box 20407, Alexandria, VA 22320, USA. Fax +1 (703) 684-7476. Email: President@StrategicStudies.org. ISBN (softcover): 1-892998-00-9 (US$28.50 plus $7 S&H); hardcover 1-892998-01-7 ($45 plus $7 S&H). 247pp, with 70+ illustrations. Foreword by HIH Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie Haile-Selassie, President of the Crown Council of Ethiopia.
  • Copley, Gregory (ed.): Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook, 1999. Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 1996: International Strategic Studies Association. See address immediately above.
  • Copley, Gregory: “The Purple Banners Stream”, in Defense & Foreign Affairs, May-June 1990. Washington DC, 1990: International Media Corporation.
  • Copley, Gregory: The Defense & Foreign Affairs Handbook on Egypt. London, 1995: International Media Corporation.
  • Ermias Kebede Wolde-Yesus, Nibure-Id: Ethiopia: The Classic Case: A Biblical Nation Under God That Survived Great Trials for 7490 years of its Existence and Ordained to Invoke Divine Judgement and Condemnation Upon the World! Washington DC, 1997: Ethiopia: The Kingdom of God Services.
  • Gill, Dennis: The Coinage of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Italian Somalia. New York, 1991: Published by Dennis Gill.
  • Guadagnini, Domenico: Storia degli Ordini Vigenti ed Estinti. Italy.
  • Guèbré Selassie: Chronique du Règne de Ménélik II, Roi des Rois d’Éthiopie. Translated into French from the Amharic by Tèsta Sellassie. Published and annotated by Maurice de Coppet, Librairie Orientale et Américaine, Masonneuve Frères, editeurs, Paris, 1930. Two volumes, with 164 illustrations and extensive maps and plans.
  • Hamjeso, Seyoum Y.; with Trueman, Trevor; and Erena, Temesgen M.: Ethiopia: Conquest and the Quest for Freedom and Democracy. 1997, London: TSC Publications.
  • Hancock, Graham: The Sign and the Seal. London, 1992: William Heinemann Ltd.
  • Jacoby, H. Murray: Imperial Abyssinia: Sketches of Abyssinian History, in the January 1933 edition of All Nations magazine. The author was the US Ambassador “on Special Mission to Abyssinia” appointed by US President Herbert Hoover in 1930.
  • Dejazmatch Kebede Tessema: Rememberance of History. (^) Addis Ababa, 1947: Artistic Publishing House.
  • Leakey, Meave: The Farthest Horizon: The Dawn of Humans, in National Geographic, September 1995.
  • Levine, Donald N.: Wax & Gold: Tradition and Innovation in Ethiopian Culture. Chicago, 1965, 1972: University of Chicago Press.
  • Lipsky, George A.: Survey of World Cultures, No. 9. New Haven, Connecticut, 1962: Human Relations Area Files, Inc.
  • Lipsky, George A.: Ethiopia: Its People, Its Society, Its Culture. New Haven, CT, 1962: Human Relations Area Files, Inc.
  • Lord, Edith: Queen of Sheba’s Heirs: Cultural Patterns of Ethiopia. Washington DC, 1970: Acropolis Books.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: Haile Selassie I: The Formative Years, 1892-1936. Los Angeles, 1987: UC Press.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: A History of Ethiopia. Berkeley, California, 1994: University of California Press.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: The Politics of Empire: Ethiopia, Great Britain and the United States, 1941-1974. First published 1983. Our copy, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 1995: Red Sea Press.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: The Life and Times of Menelik II: Ethiopia 1844-1913. First published 1975. Our copy, Lawrenceville, New Jersey, 1995: Red Sea Press.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: The Modern History of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa: A Select and Annotated Bibliography. Stanford, California, 1972: Hoover Institute at Stanford University.
  • Marcus, Harold G.: A Breakfast Meeting with Prime Minister Meles. Paper by Prof. Marcus, of Michigan State University, dated October 20, 1995 (the date of the meeting with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and a number of scholars).
  • Mathew, David: Ethiopia, The Study of a Polity, 1540-1935. London, 1947: Eyre & Spottiswoode.
  • Milkias, Paulos, PhD: Ethiopia: A Comprehensive Bibliography. Boston, 1989: G. K. Hall & Co.
  • Munro-Hay, Stuart, and Pankhurst, Richard: World Bibliographical Series, Vol. 179: Ethiopia. 1995, Oxford, UK: ABC-Clio Ltd., Clio Press.
  • Neville, D. G.: A History of the Early Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry. Limpsfield, Surrey, UK, 1978: Published privately by D. G. Neville.
  • Ofeansky, Thomas P., and Berry, LaVerle (eds.): Ethiopia: A Country Study. Washington DC, 1993 (4th printing): Federal Research Division of the US Library of Congress.
  • Ottaway, David and Marina: Ethiopia: Empire in Revolution. New York, 1978: Africana Publishing company (Division of Holmes & Meier Publishing.
  • Pankhurst, Richard: A Social History of Ethiopia. Trenton, New Jersey, 1992: Red Sea Press. Published originally in 1990 by Addis Ababa University.
  • Patterson, Stephen: Royal Insignia: British and Foreign Orders of Chivalry from the Royal Collection. London, 1996: Merrell Holberton.
  • Perl, Lila: Ethiopia: Land of the Lion. New York, 1972: Wm. Morrow & Co.
  • Prouty, Chris, and Rosenfield, Eugene: Historical Dictionary of Ethiopia. London, 1982: The Scarecrow Press.
  • Paulos Tzadua, Abba (translator): The Fetha Negast: The Law of the Kings. Translated from the Ge’ez. Edited by Peter L. Strauss. Addis Ababa, 1968: Haile Selassie University, Faculty of Law.
  • Southard, Addison E.: Modern Ethiopia: Haile Selassie the First, Formerly Ras Tafari, Succeeds to the World’s Oldest Continuously Sovereign Throne. In June 1931 National Geographic.
  • Schwab, Peter (ed.): Ethiopia and Haile Selassie. New York, 1972: Facts on File.
  • Tapsell, R.F.: Monarchs, Rulers, Dynasties and Kingdoms of the World.
  • Teshale Tibebu, PhD: The Making of Modern Ethiopia, 1896-1974. Trenton, New Jersey, 1995: The Red Sea Press, Inc.
  • Werlich, Robert: Orders and Decorations of All Nations. Second Edition. 1990, Washington DC: Quaker Press.
  • Wylde, August B. Modern Abyssinia. London, 1901.
  • Zervos, A.: Le Miroir de l’Éthiopie Moderne 1906-1935. (In French.) Private limited edition (1,900 copies) book published and copyrighted in Athens, Greece, but printed by the author in Alexandria, Egypt.
  • HIH Makonnen, Duke of Harar: Life & Records. 1957, Addis Ababa. Privately printed for the Duke’s funeral. Extensive and detailed biography, with many illustrations.