Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa : Archaeological Perspectives, Paperback / softback Book

Power and Landscape in Atlantic West Africa : Archaeological Perspectives Paperback / softback

Edited by J. Cameron (University of California, Santa Cruz) Monroe, Akinwumi (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) Ogundiran

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This volume examines the archaeology of precolonial West African societies in the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Using historical and archaeological perspectives on landscape, this collection of essays sheds light on how involvement in the commercial revolutions of the early modern period dramatically reshaped the regional contours of political organization across West Africa.

The essays examine how social and political transformations occurred at the regional level by exploring regional economic networks, population shifts, cultural values and ideologies.

The book demonstrates the importance of anthropological insights not only to the broad political history of West Africa, but also to an understanding of political culture as a form of meaningful social practice.