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The cover of Time magazine for November 3, 1930, featuring Ras Tafari, the future emperor Hailie Selassie.

Ras Tafari on the cover of Time Magazine, November 3, 1930. Wikimedia Commons.

Our featured essay by Megan Donaldson uses Ethiopia under Ras Tafari as a case study to examine interwar state-making and the role of the League of Nations.

The League of Nations, Ethiopia, and the Making of States

Abstract: This article uses the case of Ethiopia to illustrate how the League of Nations refracted approaches to statehood. It shows the League ‘making’ states in multiple ways, formulating new standards for admission, but also changing the context in which such standards could be debated, applied, and contested. The article looks beyond intellectual debates about the nature of the state, into exchanges within foreign ministries and League committees, as well as state-making projects pursued in Addis Ababa. This illuminates the fragility of interwar definitions of Read More »

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