Forests of Gold
Essays on the Akan & the Kingdom of Asante

By Ivor Wilks

“Wilks’ writing here is as informed, engaged and questing as ever.”

T.C. McCaskie, University of Birmingham, African Affairs

“Wilks is willing to take risks, and even make mistakes, for the sake of opening discussion and expanding knowledge…Forests of Gold is impressive history. One comes away awed at the level of historical reconstruction Wilks has accomplished, demonstrating a level of analysis that has not been achieved regarding almost any other precolonial African state, and which has been achieved here because of Wilks’s forty years of commitment, sensitivity, integrity, and belief in the profession of history and the history of African peoples.”

Donna J.E. Maier, University of Northern Iowa, The International Journal of African Historical Studies

“Wilks’ contribution to our understanding of the history of Asante and that of other Akan-speaking peoples is incalculable. It is evident not only in his own work but in that of the published research of the many talented students he has directed during a long, fruitful career.”

Richard Rathbone, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Journal of African History

The Asante had unique conceptions of time and motion, and the relationships between the unborn, the living and the dead. This study suggests that awareness of their past has much to do with the survival of their culture in this century.

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Release date: Nov. 1995
405 pages
Rights: World