African Military History (The International Library of Essays on Military History)

African Military History (The International Library of Essays on Military History)

By: John Lamphear (editor), Professor Jeremy Black (series_editor)Hardback

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This collection of essays on pre-colonial sub-Saharan African military history is drawn from a number of academic journals and includes some which are considered milestones in African historiographical discourse, as well as others which, while lesser known, provide remarkable insight into the unique nature of African military history. Selections were made so as to produce an introduction to the understudied field of pre-colonial African military history that will be useful to specialists and non-specialists alike. The volume also contains an introduction which presents one of the first significant reviews of pre-colonial African military historiography ever attempted.

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John Lamphear is Professor in the Department of History, University of Texas-Austin, USA.


Contents: Series preface; Introduction; The wars of August: diagonal narrative in African history, Robert W. Harms; 'He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage': the horse in the Central Sudan, Humphrey J. Fisher; Spears, style and time among Maa-speaking pastoralists, Roy Larick; The view from Awdaghast: war, trade and social change in the Southwest Sahara from the 8th to the 15th century, E. Ann MacDougall; Archers, musketeers and mosquitoes: the Moroccan invasion of the Sudan and the Songhay resistance (1591-1612), Lansine Kaba; Portuguese musketeers on the Zambezi, Richard Gray; The art of war in Angola, 1575-1680, John K. Thornton; Dahomey and the slave trade: reflections on the historiography of the rise of Dahomey, Robin Law; Horses, firearms, and political power in pre-colonial West Africa, Robin Law; The impact of the Atlantic slave trade on the societies of the Western Sudan, Martin A. Klien; The sacred musket: tactics, technology and power in 18th-century Madagascar, Gerald M. Berg; Sources of conflict in Southern Africa c 1800-30: the 'Mfecane' reconsidered, Elizabeth A. Eldredge; 'The character and objects of Chaka': reconsideration of the making of Shaka as 'Mfecane Motor', Carolyn Anne Hamilton; Firearms in South Central Africa, Anthony Atmore, J.M. Chirenje and S.I. Mudenge; Military organization and the pre-colonial policy of Bemba of Zambia, A.L. Epstein; Professional warriors in 19th-century Yoruba politics, J.F.A. Ajayi; Production and reproduction of warrior states: Segu Bembara and Segu Tukolor, c 1712-1890, Richard L. Roberts; Firearms and princely power in Ethiopia in the 19th century, R.A. Caulk; 'For God, Emperor and Country': the evolution of Ethiopia's 19th-century army, John Dunn; War and militarism in pre-colonial Buganda, Richard Reid; The Wasaki war: an oral narrative of Southwestern Kenya, Michael G. Kenny; War, famine and pestilence in late pre-colonial Tanzania: a case for a heightened mortality, Juhani Koponen; Nam

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  • publication date: 07/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780754625216
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 548
  • ID: 9780754625216
  • weight: 1086
  • ISBN10: 0754625214

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