The original pioneering text in African economic history holds its value with the second edition of Economic History of Ethiopia. This comprehensive title beams with intricate details and enlightening insights about the economic structures and practices in Ethiopian society in the nineteenth century and provides a compelling platform for theories and conclusions to be drawn. This second edition – the first printed in 1968 when African economic history was in its inception – retains its value despite the dramatic changes and struggles over the past four decades. Pankhurst’s novel is booming with data but also rich in description brought to life with beautiful illustrations. It is a competitive force in the field of African economic history and presents the key questions pressing today’s writers of African economy.