Kingdoms of the Yoruba

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, 1988 - 174 pagina's
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This third edition of what has been described as “this minor classic” has been extensively revised to take account of advances in Nigerian historiography.
The twenty million Yorubas are one of the largest and most important groups of people on the African continent. Historically they were organized in a series of autonomous kingdoms and their past is richly recorded in oral tradition and archaeology. From the fifteenth century onwards there are descriptions by visitors and from the nineteenth century there are abundant official reports from administrators and missionaries.
Yoruba sculpture in stone, metal, ivory, and wood is famous. Less well-known are the elaborate and carefully designed constitutional forms which were evolved in the separate kingdoms, the methods of warfare and diplomacy, the oral literature, and the religion based on the worship of a “high god” surrounded by a pantheon of more accessible deities. Many of these aspects are shown in the drawings and photographs which have been used—for the first time—to illustrate this distinguished work.
 

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Inhoudsopgave

Parti
3
The Primacy of Ife
13
The Rise of Oyo
29
Ijesha Ekiti Igbomina Owo and Ondo
42
Ketu Shabe and Dassa
55
Ijebu Egba Egbado and Lagos
61
Part II
79
An Oba and his People
87
War
99
The Decline and Fall of Old Oyo
109
The Wars and the New States
125
On the Threshold of Nigeria
141
Crowned Oba
153
Index
167
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Robert S. Smith was senior lecturer and professor of history at the Universities of Ibadan and Lagos, and the Obafemi Awolowo University, the three longest-established universities in the Yoruba-speaking part of Nigeria. He is author of many works, including Warfare and Diplomacy in Pre-colonial West Africa and The Lagos Consulate, and is co-author with Professor J.F.A. Ajayi of Yoruba Warfare in the Nineteenth Century.

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