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A fistful of shells : West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution, Toby Green

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A fistful of shells : West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution
Title
A fistful of shells
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West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution
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Toby Green
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Language
eng
Summary
By the time of the 'Scramble for Africa' in the late nineteenth century, Africa had already been globally connected for many centuries. Its gold had fuelled the economies of Europe and Islamic world since around 1000, and its sophisticated kingdoms had traded with Europeans along the coasts from Senegal down to Angola since the fifteenth century. Until at least 1650, this was a trade of equals, using a variety of currencies - most importantly shells: the cowrie shells imported from the Maldives, and the nzimbu shells imported from Brazil. Toby Green's groundbreaking new book transforms our view of West and West-Central Africa. It reconstructs the world of kingdoms whose existence (like those of Europe) revolved around warfare, taxation, trade, diplomacy, complex religious beliefs, royal display and extravagance, and the production of art. Over time, the relationship between Africa and Europe revolved ever more around the trade in slaves, damaging Africa's relative political and economic power as the terms of monetary exchange shifted drastically in Europe's favour. In spite of these growing capital imbalances, longstanding contacts ensured remarkable connections between the Age of Revolution in Europe and America and the birth of a revolutionary nineteenth century in Africa. A Fistful of Shells draws not just on written histories, but on archival research in nine countries, on art, praise-singers, oral history, archaeology, letters, and the author's personal experience to create a new perspective on the history of one of the world's most important regions. --
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1974-
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Green, Toby
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  • illustrations
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Slave trade
  • Africa, West
  • Africa, West
  • Africa, West
  • Africa, West
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A fistful of shells : West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution, Toby Green
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-516) and index
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volume
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • Feeding power: new societies, new worldviews
  • Transnational Africas, struggle, and the rising of modernity
  • Warrior aritocracies and pushback from below
  • Let them drink rum! Islam, revolution and the aristocracy
  • Part one: Causes: economic divergence in West and West-Central Africa.
  • "Three measures of gold": the rise and fall of the great empires of the Sahel
  • Causeways across the savannah: from Senegambia to Sierra Leone
  • Ready money: The Gold Coast and the gold trade
  • Rivers of cloth, masks of bronze: the bights of Benin and Biafra
  • The kingdom of Kongo: from majesty to revolt
  • Part two: Consequences: politics, belief and revolutions from below -- "With boots worth 3 slaves": slavery and value in the eighteenth century
  • On a war footing: the "fiscal-military state" in West African politics
Control code
on1079330673
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxv, 613 pages
Isbn
9780241003176
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1079330673
Label
A fistful of shells : West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution, Toby Green
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 477-516) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Feeding power: new societies, new worldviews
  • Transnational Africas, struggle, and the rising of modernity
  • Warrior aritocracies and pushback from below
  • Let them drink rum! Islam, revolution and the aristocracy
  • Part one: Causes: economic divergence in West and West-Central Africa.
  • "Three measures of gold": the rise and fall of the great empires of the Sahel
  • Causeways across the savannah: from Senegambia to Sierra Leone
  • Ready money: The Gold Coast and the gold trade
  • Rivers of cloth, masks of bronze: the bights of Benin and Biafra
  • The kingdom of Kongo: from majesty to revolt
  • Part two: Consequences: politics, belief and revolutions from below -- "With boots worth 3 slaves": slavery and value in the eighteenth century
  • On a war footing: the "fiscal-military state" in West African politics
Control code
on1079330673
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxv, 613 pages
Isbn
9780241003176
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1079330673

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