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Honour in African History : African Studies - John Iliffe

Honour in African History

African Studies

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Published: 6th December 2004
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This is the first published account of the role played by ideas of honour in African history from the fourteenth century to the present day. It argues that appreciation of these ideas is essential to an understanding of past and present African behaviour. Before European conquest, many African men cultivated heroic honour, others admired the civic virtues of the patriarchal householder, and women honoured one another for industry, endurance, and devotion to their families. These values both conflicted and blended with Islamic and Christian teachings. Colonial conquest fragmented heroic cultures, but inherited ideas of honour found new expression in regimental loyalty, respectability, professionalism, working-class masculinity, the changing gender relationships of the colonial order, and the nationalist movements which overthrew that order. Today, the same inherited notions obstruct democracy, inspire resistance to tyranny, and motivate the defence of dignity in the face of AIDS.

'Iliffe himself concludes with the suggestion that, if his book serves to raise questions, 'it will have served its purpose', it has certainly done so for this reader.' Journal of African History 'This book is the culmination of decades of interest in how Africans understood their world, an interest first aroused by Iliffe's heretofore largely unpublished research into late 19th century Buganda. ... a supremely researched, richly illustrated, and incisively argued book.' The Round Table 'This book makes a powerful argument and raises important questions.' H-Africa 'Iliffe helps us see the politics of West African labour unions, Mau Mau detainees, and other entrepreneurs in a wider frame.' Historical Journal 'This is a monumental work, covering sub-Saharan Africa in its scope and revealing a depth of understanding and a width of reading and research which can be admired. ... John Iliffe's book is both landmark and a model.' Oliver Furley, Coventry University

Mapsp. xi
Illustrationsp. xii
Prefacep. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xiv
The Comparative History of Honourp. 1
Hero and Householder
Men on Horsebackp. 11
Honour and Islamp. 31
Christian Ethiopiap. 54
Honour, Rank, and Warfare Among the Yorubap. 67
Honour and the State in West and Central Africap. 83
Honour Without the Statep. 100
The Honour of the Slavep. 119
Praise and Slander in Southern Africap. 140
Ekitiibwa and Martyrdomp. 161
Fragmentation and Mutation
The Deaths of Heroesp. 183
Honour in Defeatp. 202
The Honour of the Mercenaryp. 227
Respectabilityp. 246
Honour and Genderp. 262
Urbanisation and Masculinityp. 281
Honour, Race, and Nationp. 306
Political Honourp. 328
To Live in Dignityp. 350
Concluding Questionsp. 367
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 393
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ISBN: 9780521837859
ISBN-10: 0521837855
Series: African Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 430
Published: 6th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.69