Sealed and Delivered was first published in 1942. In a way, it
is a sequel to "Caesar in Abyssinia" (also reissued in Faber Finds)
which covered the Italian invasion of Ethiopia up to May 1936 when
the capital, Addis Ababa was occupied. Sealed and Delivered
continues the story until the expulsion of the Italians in 1941 and
beyond. Richard Pankhurst, in his introduction, writes, 'Ethiopia's
history, as Steer saw it, did not however end there, with victory
over Italy. When the fighting died down, the first country to e
freed in WW2 still faced major problems. Those resulting from the
erstwhile invasion included, he said, a still partially operative
colour-bar, the complex question of ex-enemy property - and the
country's status vis-a-vis Great Britain, its liberator and ally,
whose forces ended up occupying the country. Steer believed that
Ethiopia itself would solve these problems, and that its
independence, soon to be "sealed" by international treaty, was
"delivered" to its rightful rulers: the Ethiopian people: "Sealed
""Both "Caesar in Abyssinia "and "Sealed and Delivered "are
quite largely autobiographical. That gives them their strength. For
Steer writing about Ethiopia was much more than a journalistic
assignment, he was a friend of the Emperor's and a partisan for his
country. As Nick Rankin has observed, 'the mild Christianity that
he inherited from them (his parents) seems to have given him
sympathy for the underdog as well as inoculation against
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