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Ralph Ellison

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssianian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liber... Read more

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Ras the Exhorter, Fascism, and the Second Italo-Abyssinian War

by glc45, August 21, 2015

Something I noted throughout the book was a number of connotations between Ras the Exhorter, and Fascist Italy's invasion of Ethiopia in 1935, roughly when the novel is set.

Ras is the title for an Ethiopian prince in Amharic, but it was also a title used for agricultural fascist leaders in interwar and WW11-era Italy, and considering the relationship between Italy and Ethiopia at the time, this doesn't appear to be an accident.

In 1935, Ethiopia was one of only two independent African countries, with the other being Liberia. B... Read more

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