Menelek of Shoa becomes King of Ethiopia, following a disputed
succession on the death in March of King Johannes IV. He does so
through the aid of the Italian military, but once installed as king
he boosts the country's power to such an extent that the Ethiopians
inflict a humiliating defeat on the erstwhile Italian allies in
1896 to gain independence.
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Editors. "Menelek becomes King of Ethiopia through Italian support". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 December 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19023, accessed 23 June 2017.]