An Introduction to Precolonial Mende History in Sierra Leone (African Studies 67)
By: Arthur Abraham (author)Hardback
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This study of the Mende, the largest ethnic group in Sierra Leone, uncovers Mende origins, ending at the beginning of the colonial period. Drawing from documentary, oral, anthropological, linguistic and other evidence, the work argues that Mende originated as a "lingua franca" sometime in the late 16th century and spread fairly quickly. State formation began in the 17th century, gathering momentum in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Three case studies form the focus of the rest of the book.
The Mende cradle; war, power and state in the nineteenth century; the Luawa state of Kai Londo; the Kpanguma state of Nyagua; the Kpaa-Mende state; British colonial advance and Mende resistance.
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