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

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
Title remainder
West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution
Statement of responsibility
Toby Green
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"With A Fistful of Shells, Toby Green transforms our view of West and West-Central Africa by reconstructing the world of these kingdoms, which revolved around trade, diplomacy, complex religious beliefs, and the production of art. Green shows how the slave trade led to economic disparities that caused African kingdoms to lose relative political and economic power. The concentration of money in the hands of Atlantic elites in and outside these kingdoms brought about a revolutionary nineteenth century in Africa, parallel to the upheavals then taking place in Europe and America. Yet political fragmentation following the fall of African aristocracies produced radically different results as European colonization took hold. Drawing not just on written histories, but on archival research in nine countries, art, oral history, archaeology, and letters, Green lays bare the transformations that have shaped world politics and the global economy since the fifteenth century and paints a new and masterful portrait of West Africa, past and present."--Publisher's website
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ICU/DLC
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1974-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Green, Toby
Dewey number
966/.02
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DT476
LC item number
.G74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Africa, West
  • Africa, West
Label
A fistful of shells : West Africa from the rise of the slave trade to the age of revolution, Toby Green
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 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
  • Feeding power : new societies, new worldviews
  • Transnational Africas, struggle and the rising of modernity
  • Warrior aristocracies 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:
Control code
on1051687994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxv, 613 pages
Isbn
9780226644578
Lccn
2018051003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028986337
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
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 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
  • 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
  • Feeding power : new societies, new worldviews
  • Transnational Africas, struggle and the rising of modernity
  • Warrior aristocracies 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:
Control code
on1051687994
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxv, 613 pages
Isbn
9780226644578
Lccn
2018051003
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028986337
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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