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Asante in the Nineteenth Century: The Structure and Evolution of a Political Order / Edition 2 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
Originally published in 1975, and reprinted with additional introductory material in 1989, this book provides an in-depth account of Asante history during the nineteenth century. The focus of the book is on the broad political development of Asante society, concentrating on the material factors which affected the decision making process during various administrations. This focus reflects the complex and sophisticated nature of the Asante social system, a system which had its basis in administrative unity and a core idea of nationhood. The text utilizes the abundant archival, printed and oral source materials available regarding the Asante, offering the reader a profound insight into the nature and structure of a remarkable society. This is a fascinating book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in African history.
Table of Contents
Lists of tables, figures, maps and plates; Preface; Preamble; 1. Spatial aspects of government: the network of communications; 2. Spatial aspects of government: the structure of empire; 3. The politics of population: the demography of metropolitan Asante; 4. Kumase and the southern provinces: the politics of control; 5. Kumase and the southern provinces: the politics of retrenchment; 6. Asante and the Gold Coast: the politics of indecision; 7. Kumase and the northern provinces: an overview; 8. Asante and its neighbours: the politics of entente; 9. The dynastic factor in Asante history: a family reconstruction of Oyoko royals; 10. Kumase as the seat of government: the structure of decision making; 11. Kumase as the seat of government: the structure of the executive; 12. Political Popularization in nineteenth century Asante; 13. Disorder in politics: from constitutional crisis to civil war; 14. Modernization, reform, and the role of the Owusu Ansas in politics; 15. Politics and policies in nineteenth century Asante: the ideological variables; Glossary of principal Asante terms; Guide to sources consulted; Printed works, theses, dissertations, etc; British Parliamentary papers; Archives, field materials, newspapers, etc.; Index.