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Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa : Archaeological Perspectives - J. Cameron Monroe

Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa

Archaeological Perspectives

By: J. Cameron Monroe (Editor), Akinwumi O. Ogundiran (Editor)


Published: 29th February 2012
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This volume examines the archaeology of precolonial West African societies in the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Using historical and archaeological perspectives on landscape, this collection of essays sheds light on how involvement in the commercial revolutions of the early modern period dramatically reshaped the regional contours of political organization across West Africa. The essays examine how social and political transformations occurred at the regional level by exploring regional economic networks, population shifts, cultural values, and ideologies. The book demonstrates the importance of anthropological insights not only to the broad political history of West Africa, but also to an understanding of political culture as a form of meaningful social practice.

'The maps and illustrations are excellent throughout the volume and the quality of production is very high ... It is a very successful product; the chapters combine strong theoretical backbone, drawing on a range of literature worldwide yet never overwhelming, with a detailed, well thought-out presentation of data. These chapters are well-rounded and mature contributions, which demonstrate a remarkable convergence on the themes of landscape and interdisciplinarity. Chances are high that the volume will indeed - as suggested in the foreword - become a reference point in the archaeology of West Africa.' Anne Haour, Antiquity '... a remarkably coherent work that has not a single weak or tangenital chapter ... this is a praiseworth volume ... also handsomely produced.' Journal of African History 'This is a good and useful collection presenting much innovative and important work on Atlantic era social and political transformations in a range of West African settings. The contributions clearly articulate the necessity of a perspective that looks beyond single sites and considers regional perspectives diachronically in order to derive appropriate (both culturally and politically) frameworks to explain the archaeological and historical trajectories of the various regions. The contributions shed light on new regions of study, as well as previously explored areas, and thus the volume will be useful to scholars of West Africa. By foregrounding the landscape perspective, the contributions in this book will also be of interest to a wider range of archaeologists and historians.' Journal of African Archaeology

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xv
Contributorsp. xix
Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africap. 1
Fragmented Landscapes
Atlantic Impacts on Inland Senegambia: French Penetration and African Initiatives in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Gajaaga and Bundu (Upper Senegal River)p. 49
Political Transformations and Cultural Landscapes in Senegambia during the Atlantic Era: An Alternative View from the Siin (Senegal)?p. 78
The Eguafo Polity: Between the Traders and Raidersp. 115
From the Shadow of an Atlantic Citadel: An Archaeology of the Huedan Countrysidep. 142
State-Generated Landscapes
Segou, Slavery, and Sifmsop. 169
Building the State in Dahomey: Power and Landscape on the Bight of Beninp. 191
The Formation of an Oyo Imperial Colony during the Atlantic Agep. 222
Internal Frontier Landscapes
The Rise of the Bassar Chiefdom in the Context of Africa's Internal Frontierp. 255
Fortified Towns of the Koinadugu Plateau: Northern Sierra Leone in the Pre-Atlantic and Atlantic Worldsp. 278
Rethinking the Mandara Political Landscape: Cultural Developments, Climate, and an Entry into History in the Second Millennium A.D.p. 309
The Local and the Global: Historiographical Reflections on West Africa in the Atlantic Agep. 339
Indexp. 377
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ISBN: 9781107009394
ISBN-10: 1107009391
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 29th February 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1