The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself and Other Writings, by Agyeman Prempeh (fontes historiae Africanse, New Series)

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This is a key text for understanding the history of the great West African kingdom of Asante (now in Ghana). It is perhaps the earliest example of history writing in English by an African ruler. The result is an indispensably detailed account of the Asante monarchy from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries. Context is provided by the inclusion of other writings by or about Agyeman Prempeh, together with four introductory essays by the world's leading scholars of Asante history.

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Meet the Author

Author: Otumfuo, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I (1872-1931)
Dr E.Akyeampong (Professor, History Department, Harvard University),
Dr A. Adu Boahen (Professor Emeritus, History Department, University of Ghana),
Dr N. Lawler (formerly Professor, Oakton Community College, Chicago),
Dr T.C.McCaskie (Reader in Asante History, University of Birmingham),
Dr I. Wilks (Professor Emeritus, African Studies, Northwestern University)

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Table of Contents

List of Plates and Figures viii

Preface ix

Part I Essays

Chapter 1 Agyeman Prempeh before the Exile T. C. McCaskie

Introduction 3

Kinship, Royalty and the Birth of Agyeman Prempeh 3

Agyeman Prempeh's Childhood 6

Agyeman Prempeh, Yaa Kyaa, and Civil War 9

Agyeman Prempeh, Asante, and the British 15

Chapter 2 Agyeman Prempeh in the Seychelles, 1900-1924 A. Adu Boahen

Introduction 21

Daily Life at Le Rocher: Asante in Microcosm 23

Education, Christianity, and Modernity 26

Agyeman Prempeh, Asante, and Repatriation 29

Homecoming 40

Chapter 3 Agyeman Prempeh's Return from Exile, 1924-1931 Emmanuel Akyeampong

Introduction 43

Our King is Back! But What Kind of King? 44

British Colonial Rule in Asante 47

Renegotiating 'Kingship' in Colonial Asante: Agyeman Prempeh, 1924-31 49

Conclusion 55

Chapter 4 Agyeman Prempeh as Author: Textual History Ivor Wilks

Literacy in Asante before the Exile 57

Literacy and the Exiles 59

History of the Text of HAK 62

Genesis of the New Edition 66

Establishing a Text of HAK 68

HAK, A Related Text, and Other Pieces 69

Part II The Seychelles Writings transcribed and presented by Nancy Lawler T.C. McCaskie Ivor Wilks Conventions 83

Chapter 5 Historical Pieces

The Arrival of Ankyewa Nyame at Asantemanso 85

Ankyewa Nyame and the Gathering of the Clans (Mmusua) 86

The Reigns of Akyampon Tenten, Twum, Antwi, and Kwabia Anwanfi 89

The Reign of Oti Akenten 91

Osei Tutu at Denkyira 93

The First Domaa War 96

The Reign of Obiri Yeboa 97

Osei Tutu Succeeds Obiri Yeboa 100

Osei Tutu Defeats the Domaa 101

Reorganisation of the Kumase Army 102

The Defeat of Asiedu Papaa Kesee 103

The Disputewith Denkyira 104

Okomfo Anokye and the Preparations for the Denkyira War 105

The Denkyira War 107

The Elmina Tribute 109

The War with Adanse 110

The Denkyira Rebellion 110

The Attack on Kaase 111

The Attack on Tafo 111

The Attack on Amakom 112

Osei Tutu and the Succession 113

Chapter 6 Ethnographic Pieces

Introduction 115

The Akan "Cities" 115

The Nt<$$$> and Soul-Washing 116

The Calendar 117

The Origins of Apafram 118

The Origins of At<$$$>per&varepsilon; and the Adanse-Denkyira Conflict 119

The "Reserve" Asantehenes 122

The Funeral of an Asantehenes 123

The Division of Revenues 125

The Akwamu Factor in the Rise of Asante 125

Chapter 7 Office Lists and Genealogies

Office Lists: Introduction 127

The Genealogies 129

The Pre-Asante Rulers 129

The Descendants of Manu 131

The Census of "Royals" 138

Chapter 8 Memoirs

Introduction 147

The Petition of 1913 147

The Memoir of 1922-23 150

History and Apologia 159

Chapter 9 Reporting to the Living, Accounting for the Dead

Agyeman Prempeh's Report of 1925 175

The Disposition of the Dead 182

The Matter of the "Brass Pan" 185

Part III Works Cited 193

Part IV Concordance 197

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