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Taro Y asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

How was Ethiopia supposed to stand up to Italy in two wars?

According to Wikipedia, there were two wars between those two countries in the 20th century. Well, isn't Ethiopia one of the poorest countries in the world? And Italy has the second-highest GDP. It doesn't seem fair at all.

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    1 - Ethiopia beat the Italians not once but TWICE. Once in Adowa and the second during WWII

    2 - Where do you people get of saying that Ethiopia was primitive? Ethiopia was recording three thousand years of history, using her own alphabets, when most of Europe was still living in caves.

    3 - The emperors who fought Italians were Emperors Menelik II and Emperor Hailesellasie I.

    4 - War is never fair...but why do I have a feeling you're rooting for the Italians.

    5 - Ethiopia didn't only win wars against Italy. We fought the Egyptians, Turks, Somalians, Arabs, Dervishes and many more. The secret is Ethiopians agree on one and only one thing. No Ethiopian will live under slavery.

    6 - Ethiopia was never defeated in WWII...we never surrendered...

    Google for "Deep from an Ethiopian: Ethiopia...colonized or occupied?"

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  • 1 decade ago

    Lol, when is war fair?. Italy has a GDP now different to what it was then, so does ethiopia. Back then Italy was not that developed as it had been a unified state for less than a hundred years. The fact is Ethiopia did manage to stand up to Italy as it won the first italo-ethiopian war. Ethiopia used to be called Abyssinia, and it was very poor back then, but the only independent african nation left on the continent, as all the others had been colonized by the great european empires; the french, the british, the belgian etc. Italy was trying to make its own empire, as it was late in the process of colonization as it was such a new country, so its empire was still pretty small. Italy was a fascist state in the 1930s and this was all about nationalism, the greatness of the nation state etc. So Mussolini picked on Ethiopia and bombed it into oblivion. The Ethiopians got their independence back after the second world war when Emperor Haille Sellasie was restored to power.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There is no "supposed to" about it.

    Obviously Ethiopia couldn't stand up to Italy at the time, and that is why it didn't.

    Back then, I might point out, Italy wasn't high on the list of the world's most prosperous countries. If you are going to consider this issue -- an interesting and important subject, I might add -- you need to study Italy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries very closely. Otherwise, you'll never grasp the historical, political, economic, and military issues.

  • Paul A
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Mussolini in 1935 only did well against them by using aircraft and poison gas. (Bit like the British and the Afghans in 1919, in the aircraft department anyway).

    In 1896 a pathetically small Italian army of a few thousand men made the same assumption you have and tried to make them a colony. They may have had a machine gun or two but then King John of Abyssinia (as it was called then) came over the hill with over 100,000 men in full medieval armour!

    Not one sided in quite the way the Italians imagined...

    Just shows you successful "asymmetric warfare" by so-called primitive people is nothing new

  • 1 decade ago

    wikipedia lies:)

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