Want to grasp Ethiopian history in just two images? You could do worse than look at these maps.

One shows the impact of Emperor Menelik II (17 August 1844 – 12 December 1913) and the expansion of Ethiopia after 1886.

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The other shows what Benito Mussolini (29 July 1883 – 28 April 1945) held in the Horn of Africa after the invasion of Ethiopia in 1935.

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Both were imperialists. Perhaps the question is: who had the greatest and most lasting impact on the region?

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