Show simple item record Girshick, Paula Ben-Amos Thornton, John 2009-07-17T17:59:36Z 2009-07-17T17:59:36Z 2001
dc.identifier.citation Girshick, Paula Ben-Amos & John Thornton. "Civil War in the Kingdom of Benin, 1689-1721: Continuity or Political Change?" Journal of African History 42 (2001): 353-376. en
dc.description.abstract Using a combination of oral tradition and written documents, the authors show that Benin's civil war was a fundamental transformation of political structure, and not simply an isolated struggle. Before 1640, Benin was centrally governed by its king with the assistance of a royally appointed administration. Difficulties in succession, coupled with changing trading patterns, allowed the administration to gain some independence and then to challenge the kings, taking away some power. The civil war matched different levels of the administration and the kings against each other, and transformed Benin from a centrally governed to a more collectively governed kingdom. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
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dc.subject civil war en
dc.subject precolonial history en
dc.subject Western Africa en
dc.subject Benin Kingdom en
dc.subject West Africa en
dc.title Civil War in the Kingdom of Benin, 1689-1721: Continuity or Political Change? en
dc.type Article en

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