Aksum and Nubia: Warfare, Commerce, and Political Fictions by George Hatke

By George Hatke

Aksum and Nubia assembles and analyzes the textual and archaeological
evidence of interplay among Nubia and the Ethiopian
kingdom of Aksum, focusing totally on the fourth century
CE. even though historic Nubia and Ethiopia were the subject
of more and more reports in recent times, little awareness has
been given to touch among those areas. Hatke argues
that historical Northeast Africa can't be handled as a unified area
politically, economically, or culturally. fairly, Nubia and Ethiopia
developed inside very varied neighborhood spheres of interplay, as
a results of which the Nubian state of Kush got here to concentration its
energies at the Nile Valley, counting on this as its major course of
contact with the surface international, whereas Aksum was once orientated towards
the crimson Sea and Arabia. during this method Aksum and Kush coexisted
in peace for many in their historical past, and such touch as they maintained
with one another used to be constrained to small-scale trade. Only
in the fourth century CE did Aksum take in palms opposed to Kush,
and even then the clash turns out to were similar quite often to
security concerns on Aksum’s western frontier.

 

Although Aksum by no means controlled to carry onto Kush for lengthy, much
less dealt the ultimate death-blow to the Nubian country, as is often
believed, claims to Kush persevered to play a job in Aksumite royal
ideology as overdue because the 6th century. Aksum and Nubia critically
examines the level to which kin among historic African
states have been encouraged through conflict, trade, and political
fictions.
 
Online version available as a part of the NYU Library's historical global electronic Library and in partnership with the Institute for the examine of the traditional international (ISAW).     

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