The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself and Other Writings, by Agyeman Prempeh (fontes historiae Africanse, New Series) by E Akyeampong | 9780197264157 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself and Other Writings, by Agyeman Prempeh (fontes historiae Africanse, New Series)

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

by E Akyeampong
     
 

ISBN-10: 0197264158

ISBN-13: 9780197264157

Pub. Date: 08/30/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself is a key text for understanding the history of the great West African kingdom of Asante (now in Ghana). It is also an early—and perhaps the earliest—example of history writing in English by an African ruler and his amanuenses. It was begun in 1907 in the Seychelles on the instructions of the

Overview

The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself is a key text for understanding the history of the great West African kingdom of Asante (now in Ghana). It is also an early—and perhaps the earliest—example of history writing in English by an African ruler and his amanuenses. It was begun in 1907 in the Seychelles on the instructions of the Asantehene Agyeman Prempeh I, who had been in British captivity with his family since 1896, during which time he had acquired proficiency in English.

The chief source of information was his mother the Asantehemaa Yaa Kyaa, who possessed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the oral history of her own lineage, which was also the royal dynasty of Asante. The result is an indispensably detailed document that charts the history 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.

This fascinating volume evokes the rich historical experience of a renowned kingdom, and is of compelling interest to all concerned with the production of indigenous historical knowledge in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780197264157
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/30/2007
Series:
Fontes Historiae Africanae, New Series: Sources of African History Series, #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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<$$$>perϵ 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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