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State and Society in Pre-colonial Asante (African Studies) Hardcover – March 31, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0521410090 ISBN-10: 0521410096

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Product Details

  • Series: African Studies (Book 79)
  • Hardcover: 516 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (March 31, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521410096
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521410090
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,906,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" extremely detailed and skillful reconstruction of the Asante past." American Historical Review

"This intellectually ambitious and feisty book seeks to provide an alternative interpretation of Asante history during its centuries of independence and thereby to model a transforming approach to African historiography....McCaskie's analytical argument is embedded in richly detailed and voluminously annotated Asante cultural and historical data derived from published and unpublished, oral and written, Asante and European sources." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

Book Description

Scholarship on the West African kingdom of Asante is at the leading edge of Africanist research. In this book, T.C. McCaskie gives a detailed and richly nuanced historical portrait of precolonial Asante. His delineation of state and society in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is centred on an extended analysis of the crucial ritual of the annual Kumase odwira festival. It is at once a profound historical reconstruction of an African polity, and a deeply informed meditation on key Asante concepts and ideas. Throughout the book, the Asante experience is consistencly discussed in a relation to a broad range of historiography and critical theory.

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By tom kesey on September 19, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Simply one of the best books I have ever read. McCaskie goes into deep details and collates data from written and oral sources better than any.
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