Egalitarian Revolution in the Savanna: The Origins of a West African Political System

1st Edition

Stephen A. Dueppen

Routledge
Published May 22, 2017
Reference - 368 Pages
ISBN 9781138110632 - CAT# Y337224
Series: Approaches to Anthropological Archaeology

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Summary

Many West African societies have egalitarian political systems, with non-centralised distributions of power. 'Egalitarian Revolution in the Savanna' analyses a wide range of archaeological data to explore the development of such societies. The volume offers a detailed case study of the village settlement of Kirikongo in western Burkina Faso. Over the course of the first millennium, this single homestead extended control over a growing community. The book argues that the decentralization of power in the twelfth century BCE radically transformed this society, changing gender roles, public activities, pottery making and iron-working. 'Egalitarian Revolution in the Savanna' will be of interest to students of political science, anthropology, archaeology and the history of West Africa.

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