Event / King's College London

The Addis Ababa Massacre: Italy’s National Shame book launch w/ Ian Campbell

26 Oct 2017 – 12:30-14:00


Ian Campbell is a Development Economist, Historian, Environmentalist and Cultural Heritage consultant, Ian Campbell divides his time between Addis Ababa and Nairobi. He has been conducting research and writing on the ancient empire of Ethiopia since 1988. He has authored many scholarly papers on various aspects of Ethiopian cultural history from the medieval period to modern times, covering subjects as diverse as medieval saints, architecture, Orthodox iconography and traditional drinking vessels. In recent years his focus has been on the Italian military occupation of Ethiopia (1936-41). Tracking down survivors of the occupation over more than two decades has culminated in a trilogy reconstructing in detail life and death in occupied Ethiopia, the world’s first sovereign state to fall victim to Fascist invasion. The first of the trilogy is, The Plot to Kill Graziani (Addis Ababa University Press, 2010), which reveals the complex web of urban resistance and intrigue behind the attack on Viceroy Rodolfo Graziani in February 1937 that triggered the massacre of Addis Ababa. The second is The Massacre of Debre Libanos (Addis Ababa University Press, 2014), revealing for the first time the truth about one of the world’s greatest ever slaughter of Christian clergy and pilgrims, in May 1937. This book is the subject of the documentary ‘Debre Libanos’ made by the Catholic Church television channel tv2000, and screened several times on Italian television in 2016 and 2017. Rounding off the trilogy is The Addis Ababa Massacre (Hurst, London & OUP, New York, 2017).

Discussant: David Styan, Birkbeck College, Univ of London.

Chair: Dr Flavia Gasbarri, Lecturer – King’s College London

Contact: Dr Flavia Gasbarri [email protected]

The Addis Ababa Massacre
Italy's National Shame
King's College London
Franklin Wilkins Building
Waterloo Campus
Stamford Street London