9781857283938

Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800

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    9781857283938

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    1857283937

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2000-06-05
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Pub
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Summary

Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800investigates the impact of warfare on the history of Africa in the period of the slave trade and the founding of empires. It includes the discussion of: * the relationship between war and the slave trade * the role of Europeans in promoting African wars and supplying African armies * the influence of climatic and ecological factors on warfare patterns and dynamics * the impact of social organization and military technology, including the gunpowder revolution * case studies of warfare in Sierra Leone, the Gold Coast, Benin and West Central Africa.

Author Biography

John K. Thornton is Professor of History at Millersville University, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Maps
vii
Preface xiii
Introduction: African War and World History 1(18)
Cavalries of the Savannah
19(22)
War in the Rivers: Senegambia and Sierra Leone
41(14)
War in the Forest: The Gold Coast
55(20)
Horses, Boats and Infantry: The Gap of Benin
75(24)
War on the Savannah: West Central Africa
99(28)
War, Slavery and Revolt: African Slaves and Soldiers in the Atlantic World
127(22)
Conclusion 149(4)
Notes 153(32)
Index 185

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