Alula (1847 - 1897) was perhaps one of the most successful
and fearless Ethiopian commanders of the 19th century.
His claim to fame include establishing the city of Asmara
and winning no less than ten decisive battles against
foreign invaders (examples include Gura in 1876 against
in 1887, Adwa in 1896).
Despite his humble beginnings as a son of a farmer,
he rose to become what one foreign historian called "the
greatest leader" that Ethiopia has produced since
the death of Emperor Theodros in 1868. As remembered by
Ethiopians and reflected in their literature, "the
famous and brave Ras Alula" was a great warrior whose
valor and military skill contributed greatly to various
important victories over Ethiopian Enemies. Both Italian
involvement in Ethiopian affairs.
Haggai Erlich's Ras Alula and the Scramble for Africa:
A Political Biography has all the ingredients of personal
drama. The life and times of this greate Ethiopian
political figure of the 19th century in its vicissitudes
Ethio Media and Haggai Erlich's "Ras Alula and the
Scramble for Africa."
Back to History | Back
to Top |