The History of Ashanti Kings and the Whole Country Itself and Other Writings, by Otumfuo, Nana…

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EditorE Akyeampong, A Adu BoahenbyAgyeman Prempeh

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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. Itwas 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 fromthe 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.

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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. Itwas begun in 1907 in the Seychelles on the ins...

Author: Otumfuo, Nana Agyeman Prempeh I (1872-1931) Editors: 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, Unive...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.53 inPublished:May 22, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0197264158

ISBN - 13:9780197264157

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`Review from previous edition 'This book makes a milestone in more than one sense - as a major new source for precolonial Asante history, as a fascinating example of early historical writing by Africans, as a virtuoso demonstration of how to impose some intelligibility upon the perplexingdetail of what was once oral tradition, and as a challenge to historians, who must decide how to respond to this kind of material.''Anthropos