By Robin Law
“Rather than being a flashy display of a single technique or approach, this volume demonstrates the ability of a mature Africanist to utilize the great variety of sources and methodologies developed over the past decades by scholars of Atlantic and African history.”
Ouidah, an African town in the Republic of Benin, was the principal precolonial commercial center of its region and the second-most-important town of the Dahomey kingdom. It served as a major outlet for the transatlantic slave trade. Between the seventeenth and the nineteenth centuries, Ouidah was the most important embarkation point for slaves in the region of West Africa known to outsiders as the Slave Coast. This is the first detailed study of the town’s history and of its role in the Atlantic slave trade.
Ouidah is a well-documented case study of precolonial urbanism, of the evolution of a merchant community, and in particular of the growth of a group of private traders whose relations with the Dahomian monarchy grew increasingly problematic over time.
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Release date: October 2005
320 pages · 6.125 × 9¼ in.
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Release date: October 2005
Slavery in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa
Edited by Henri Médard and Shane Doyle
Slavery in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa is a collection of ten studies by the most prominent historians of the region. Slavery was more important in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa than often has been assumed, and Africans from the interior played a more complex role than was previously recognized. The essays in this collection reveal the connections between the peoples of the region as well as their encounters with the conquering Europeans.
African History · Slavery and Slave Trade · African Studies · Eastern Africa · Democratic Republic of the Congo
Fighting the Slave Trade
West African Strategies
Edited by Sylviane A. Diouf
While most studies of the slave trade focus on the volume of captives and on their ethnic origins, the question of how the Africans organized their familial and communal lives to resist and assail it has not received adequate attention. But our picture of the slave trade is incomplete without an examination of the ways in which men and women responded to the threat and reality of enslavement and deportation.Fighting
African History · Slavery and Slave Trade · African Studies · Western Africa
Making Nation and Race in Urban Tanzania
By James R. Brennan
Taifa is a story of African intellectual agency, but it is also an account of how nation and race emerged out of the legal, social, and economic histories in one major city, Dar es Salaam. Nation and race—both translatable as taifa in Swahili—were not simply universal ideas brought to Africa by European colonizers, as previous studies assume.
African History · Colonialism and Decolonization · African Studies · Race and Ethnicity · Eastern Africa · Tanzania
Jihād in West Africa during the Age of Revolutions
By Paul E. Lovejoy
In Jihād in West Africa during the Age of Revolutions, a preeminent historian of Africa argues that scholars of the Americas and the Atlantic world have not given Africa its due consideration as part of either the Atlantic world or the age of revolutions.
African History · Slavery and Slave Trade · Islam · World and Comparative History · African Studies · Atlantic Studies
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