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Introduction J F A Ajayi and Michael Crowder
The prehistory of West Africa Thurstan Shaw
Stateless societies in the history of West Africa Robin Horton
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African History Ahir Akan Alafin Allada Arabic Sources Asante Askia Atlantic Bambara Benin Berber Borno capital centre chiefs coast commercial communities culture Dahomey Dahomian dynasty early east eastern economic eighteenth century empire established European evidence expansion export fifteenth forest Fulbe Futa Ghana Gobir gold groups Hausa Hausaland Ibid Igala Igbo Ile-Ife important Islam Jenne Journal of African Kalabari Kanem Kano Katsina Kebbi king kingdom kola Kwararafa Lake Chad lineage London Mali Malinke Mbau merchants Middle Niger military mini-states Mossi Muhammad Muslim neighbours Nembe Niger Delta Nigeria nineteenth century northern Nupe oral traditions organisation Paris period political population Portuguese region reign river routes rulers Sahara Saifawa salt Sarkin savanna Senegal settlement seventeenth century sixteenth century slave trade social society Songhay Sudan Sudanese Takrur territory Timbuktu towns trans-Saharan Tuareg village Wangara West Africa Western Sudan Whydah Yoruba Yorubaland Zaghawa Zamfara Zaria