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20th International Conference of Ethiopian Studies (ICES20)
Mekelle University, Ethiopia

"Regional and Global Ethiopia - Interconnections and Identities"
1-5 October, 2018

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Ilija JOVIC, University of Goettingen

The relations between Ethiopia and Yugoslavia (and Yugoslavia's legal successor- Serbia), are very often described as „being warm“. However, due to the historical and geographical reasons, intensive relations between the two countries are relatively new. They are the outcome of the 20th century and its ties. In the period of 1956-1974 a vivid relationship developed between two countries. Both predominantly Orthodox countries with a significant Muslim population and a variety of Christian denominations, with different governing systems and ideologies, in the time of the cold war they managed to interconnect in a unique way. Comprehensive interconnectedness on socio-political as well on cultural and religious grounds they developed in specific historical circumstances. Situating relations of the two countries in its historical environment, the paper ought to examine peculiarities of these interconnections. Exchange that happened was reciprocal and we will seek that, through reciprocity of exchange, to underline how were Ethiopian identities perceived on the Yugoslavian side. This paper will primarily focus on raising discussion questions on the understanding of peculiarities of exchange and outcomes of the same.