Quest for the Jade Sea: Colonial Competition around an East African Lake

Synopsis

In this fascinating story of colonial competition around Lake Rudolf, a remote body of water in northern Kenya, Pascal James Imperato examines the political & diplomatic aspects of colonial competition for the lake as well as the many expeditions that traveled there. Although the chief competitors for the lake included the British, Italians, the French, Russians, & Ethiopians, its colonial fate was decided by Great Britain & Ethiopia. The role of Ethiopia as a late nineteenth-century colonial power unfolds as Imperato provides unique insights & analyses of Ethiopian colonial policy & its effects on the peoples who inhabited the region of the lake.