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Commerce and Economic Change in West Africa: The Palm Oil Trade in the Nineteenth Century
     

Commerce and Economic Change in West Africa: The Palm Oil Trade in the Nineteenth Century

by Martin Lynn
 

A key theme in the West African trading system of the nineteenth century is the transition from the slave trade to "legitimate" commerce, and its significance for the African societies of the region. In this period of transition, trade in palm oil was at the core of relations between Britain and West Africa in the nineteenth century, and of immense importance to

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A key theme in the West African trading system of the nineteenth century is the transition from the slave trade to "legitimate" commerce, and its significance for the African societies of the region. In this period of transition, trade in palm oil was at the core of relations between Britain and West Africa in the nineteenth century, and of immense importance to the economies of large parts of West Africa. Filling a major gap in the literature, Martin Lynn's authoritative study of the trade covers the whole of this critical period for all of West Africa.

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"Lynn's command and interpretation of the various sources is most impressive. A significant contribution to the economic history of both West Africa and the British Empire. Undergraduates and above." Choice

"...Martin Lynn has provided a definitive study of the palm oil trade that is likely to prove a lasting one." Jan Hogendorn, American Historical Review

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ISBN-13:
9780521893268
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/02/2002
Series:
African Studies Series , #93
Pages:
292
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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