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The Yoruba from Prehistory to the Present

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  • Date Published: August 2019
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107683945

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  • The Yoruba are one of the largest ethnic groups in West Africa, with significant populations in Nigeria, Benin and Togo, as well as a sizeable diasporic community around the world. By considering the art, religion, economics and political systems of the Yoruba, Aribidesi Usman and Toyin Falola chart the history of the Yoruba through the lens of the group's diverse and dynamic cultural and social practices. Using archaeological data, oral, and archival sources alongside rarely-discussed local histories Usman and Falola form a rich and detailed picture of the Yoruba from a period of early occupation and agriculture, the growth of complex societies and empires, the turbulent colonial period to the present day, constructing a comprehensive account of Yoruba history brought together in a single volume.

    • A comprehensive picture of Yoruba history brought together in a single volume
    • Examines the history of the Yoruba through the lens of the group's diverse and dynamic cultural and social practices
    • Brings together archaeological data, oral, and archival sources alongside rarely-discussed local histories
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107683945
    • length: 514 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 12 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    1. Geography and society
    Part I. Long Historical Formations:
    2. Prehistory and protohistory
    3. The growth of complex societies
    4. States and small-scale polities, AD 1400–1600
    Part II. Yoruba Polities and Entry into the Atlantic World:
    5. The seventeenth century: the age of empire building
    6. The eighteenth century
    Part III. The Nineteenth Century: Wars and Transformations:
    7. Yorubaland in the nineteenth century: the height of trouble
    8. The nineteenth century: the internecine wars and consequences
    9. The nineteenth century: slave trade and slavery
    10. The nineteenth century: new agencies of transformation
    Part IV. Economic, Social, and Cultural Practices over Time:
    11. Precolonial economy
    12. Religion and world view
    13. Creativity: arts, body adornment, and music
    Part V. Colonial Yoruba:
    14. Colonial rule, economy, education, and identity
    15. Politics and identity in the late colonial era
    Part VI. Postcolonial Yoruba:
    16. Politics and identity: the post independence era
    17. Politics and identity at the close of the twentieth century
    18. Contemporary politics and identity
    19. Contemporary sociopolitical, economic, and cultural transformation
    20. Summary and conclusion

  • Authors

    Aribidesi Usman, Arizona State University
    Aribidesi Usman is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He is co-editor of Movements, Borders, and Identities in Africa (2009) and the author of The Yoruba Frontier (2012).

    Toyin Falola, University of Texas, Austin
    Toyin Falola is University Distinguished Teaching Professor and Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. A Yoruba chief, he has received numerous awards and twelve honorary doctorates. His most recent edited volumes include Yoruba Culture and Customs (2001), The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (2005) and The Encyclopaedia of the Yoruba (2016).

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