Fly and Elephant parties: Political polarization in Dahomey, 1840–1870

@article{Yoder1974FlyAE,
  title={Fly and Elephant parties: Political polarization in Dahomey, 1840–1870},
  author={John Charles Yoder},
  journal={The Journal of African History},
  year={1974},
  volume={15},
  pages={417 - 432}
}
  • J. Yoder
  • Published 1 July 1974
  • History, Political Science
  • The Journal of African History
Analysis of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Dahomean history reveals, not the existence of an absolute despotism, but the presence of a complex and institutionalized political process responsive to the needs and demands of Dahomeans from every part of the country. Each year at Xwetanù (Annual Customs), Dahomean officials met to discuss and decide administrative, military, economic, and diplomatic policies of the nation. In the mid-nineteenth century an obvious polarization developed as two… 
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