Forests of Gold: Essays on the Akan and the Kingdom of Asante

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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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Overview

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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“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

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A collection of essays on the Akan peoples of Ghana with particular reference to the most powerful of all their kingdoms: Asante. Beginning with the global and local conditions under which Akan society assumed its historic form between the 15th and 17th centuries, these essays go on to explore various aspects of Asante culture: conceptions of wealth, of time and motion, and of the relationship between the unborn, the living, and the dead. The final section is focused upon individuals and includes studies of generals, of civil administrators, and of one remarkable woman who, in 1831, successfully negotiated treaties of peace with the British and the Danes on the Gold Coast. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821411353
  • Publisher: Ohio University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 1,533,246
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Figures
Tables and Maps
Illustrations
Preface
Permissions
Ch. 1 Wangara, Akan, and Portuguese in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Ch. 2 Land, Labor, Gold, and the Forest Kingdom of Asante: A Model of Early Change
Ch. 3 Founding the Political Kingdom: The Nature of the Akan State
Ch. 4 The Golden Stool and the Elephant Tail: Wealth in Asante
Ch. 5 Dissidence in Asante Politics: Two Tracts from the Late Nineteenth Century
Ch. 6 On Mentally Mapping Greater Asante: A Study of Time and Motion
Ch. 7 Space, Time, and "Human Sacrifice"
Ch. 8 What Manner of Persons Were These? Generals of the Konti of Kumase
Ch. 9 What Manner of Persons Were These? Officials of the Kumase Administration
Ch. 10 She Who Blazed a Trail: Akyaawa Yikwan of Asante
Sources Cited
Index
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