Order and Conflict in the Asante Empire: A Study in Interest Group Relations

  title={Order and Conflict in the Asante Empire: A Study in Interest Group Relations},
  author={Agnes Akosua Aidoo},
  journal={African Studies Review},
  pages={1 - 36}
  • A. Aidoo
  • Published 1 April 1977
  • History
  • African Studies Review
Conflict and change in precolonial African societies excite considerable scholarly interest, but historians have yet to produce a very useful theoretical framework for analyzing them. This is certainly true of the study of conflict in Asante, one of the best known kingdoms in precolonial Africa. Beginning around 1700 as a small confederation of segmentary, matrilineal chiefdoms, Asante rapidly expanded in the eighteenth century along lines of economic, political, and strategic advantage… 

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