Power and State Formation in West Africa: Appolonia from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

Translated byPierluigi Valsecchi, Allan Cameron

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This study looks at the political and social history of the Gold Coast in West Africa from the early sixteenth century to the second half of the eighteenth. It mainly focuses on the western extreme of the Gold Coast, the region known as Nzema, which today has been divided between Ghana and the Ivory Coast. In linguistic, cultural, historical, and political terms, Nzema is part of the Akan world, a larger formation of societies sharing many common elements. The book examines the logic behind the manner in which political entities in Nzema were structured territorially, as well as the formation of ruling groups and aspects of their political, economic, and military actions, while placing all these in the wider regional context. The object is to give historical substance to the shift from a politically fragmented situation to the territorially and institutionally unified Kingdom of Appolonia, marked by a considerable concentration of power in the hands of a select few, who controlled the institutions and trade with Europe.

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This study looks at the political and social history of the Gold Coast in West Africa from the early sixteenth century to the second half of the eighteenth. It mainly focuses on the western extreme of the Gold Coast, the region known as Nzema, which today has been divided between Ghana and the Ivory Coast. In linguistic, cultural, hist...

Pierluigi Valsecchi is a professor of African history, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Italy.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pages, 9.53 × 5.67 × 0.94 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230117767

ISBN - 13:9780230117761

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Table of Contents

History and Identity * The Regional Landscape  * Politics and Trade * Changes in the Second Half of the Seventeenth Century * Warning Signs of a Shifting Balance * Big Men, Imperial Dynamics, and Local Powers * The New Maanle of Appolonia * The Framework of Hegemony