Asante in the Nineteenth Century: The Structure and Evolution of a Political Order

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CUP Archive, Sep 29, 1989 - History - 800 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

Lists of tables figures maps and plates start on page
xiii
Tables Figures and Maps TABLES
xlv
the network of communications
1
angles of convergence
15
political profiles
17
Distances travelled per day forest and savannah country
31
the structure of empire
58
inner boundaries and outer frontier
60
Pedigree of the Asantehenes and Asantehemaas received version
328
The three marriages of Aberefi Yaa received version
335
Husbands and children of Konadu Yaadom received version
336
The Oyoko Dynasty of Asante from an early nineteenth century perspective
344
Early nineteenth century chronology of the Asantehenes
350
Senior female Oyoko royals early nineteenth century
353
The marriages of Ama Sewaa
357
Marriages of the daughters of Asantehemaa Afua Sapon
360

the demography of metropolitan
80
quotas of fighting men
81
men able to bear arms
87
male population by age group
88
men able to bear arms 1817 and 1863
89
population figures 18171960
90
population curve 18201960
91
population changes 1881 to 1931
97
the politics of control
126
Wassa policy 181617 Decisionlogic
160
the politics
166
The attack on the Asante garrison on Duffo Island 1870
172
Letter of ca 1808 on the position of Muslim slaves
179
British policy 18246 Decisionlogic
184
the politics of indecision
207
an overview
243
the politics of entente
310
Grant n d in 324
324
a family reconstruction
327
Marriages of Yaa Kyaa and Akua Afriyie senior daughters of Asantehemaa Afua Kobi
364
Some descendants of Nkwantakesehene Boakye Yam in
366
The Oyoko rulers of Asante distributed by Houses
372
the structure
374
Distribution of seats on the Council of Kumase excluding counselors
406
the executive
414
Financial divisions of the Exchequer
429
Comparative prices in Cape Coast and Kumase 1817
442
Comparative prices in Salaga and Yendi and Kumase 1817
443
The Asokwahenes of Kumase
458
The Boakye Yam Panin counselors
461
The Gyaasewahenes of Kumase
463
Political polarization in nineteenth century Asante
477
Nineteenth century Asante reigns and governments
544
from constitutional crisis to civil war
549
Modernization reform and the role of the Owusu Ansas
589
the ideological
666
MAPS
775
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