The Ethiopian-European Encounter
Over the past decade, I dedicated most of my research to telling the story of what I dubbed the Ethiopian-European encounter. If there is an order to my scholarly production, it would be the following: first, one should read The Ethiopian Age of Exploration (2010), which discusses 15th century Ethiopian arrivals in Europe and offers both a chronological and a thematic introduction to my scholarship. Then, my monograph expands on the 15th century dealings discussed in the article and examines 16th century Ethiopian-European relations. If you want to know more about exceptional Ethiopians in 16th century Rome, consider reading my article on Yohạnnǝs or Giovanni Abissino, and the article I co-author with a dear friend on Tesfa Seyon or Pietro Abissino,
Next is my work on the Society of Jesus’s mission to Ethiopia: while other scholars have written much more extensive accounts on the Jesuit era, my two articles offer one a handy introduction to it, and the other a discussion of the mission’s inception. Additionally, I also wrote a brief article about the diplomatic legacy of the failed Jesuit mission in Ethiopia and Rome.
If you are hard-pressed for time and are only looking for a general introduction to the history of Ethiopian-European relations in the early modern era, consult my article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History.
After the Jesuits
Starting in the 1630s, when the Jesuit mission to Ethiopia was coming to an end, the papacy began sponsoring alternative and little-known missionary attempts that would last for over a century. I am planning to publish a comprehensive study on topic; in the meantime check out my old article on the immediate aftermath of the Jesuit mission.