The Tio Kingdom of The Middle Congo: 1880-1892

1st Edition

Jan Vansina

Published August 22, 2018
Reference - 606 Pages
ISBN 9781138599130 - CAT# K387739
Series: African Ethnographic Studies of the 20th Century


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Originally published in 1973, this book reconstructs the political and economic organization and the social life of the Tio kingdom at the end of the 19th century by means of a critical synthesis of documentary and ethnographic data. Based on a detailed study of rich docuemntary sources and fieldwork, it analyses the persistent features of Tio social organization and political relations as well as the extensive economic changes associated with the development and later decline of caravan trading at Stanley Pool. It is fully illustrated with maps, tables and diagrams. This book shows the importance for both anthropoligical theory and historical interpreation of obtaining comprehensive data on the state of a particular society at a given time.

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