The Precolonial State in West Africa: Building Power in Dahomey

  title={The Precolonial State in West Africa: Building Power in Dahomey},
  author={J. Cameron Monroe},
This volume incorporates historical, ethnographic, art historical, and archaeological sources to examine the relationship between the production of space and political order in the West African kingdom of Dahomey during the tumultuous Atlantic Era. Dahomey, situated in the modern Republic of B é nin, emerged during this period as one of the principal agents in the trans-Atlantic slave trade and an exemplar of West African state formation. Drawing from thirteen years of ethnohistorical and… 
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  • J. Monroe
  • History
    The Journal of African History
  • 2007
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