War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa

9780821417942: Hardback
Release Date: 28th December 2007

9780821417959: Paperback
Release Date: 28th December 2007

Dimensions: 140 x 216

Number of Pages: 256

Series Eastern African Studies

Ohio University Press

War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa

The Patterns and Meanings of State-Level Conflict in the 19th Century

War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa examines the nature and objectives of violence in the region in the nineteenth century. It is particularly concerned with highland Ethiopia and the Great Lakes. It will be of use to those interested in military history and to anyone involved in modern development and conflict resolution seeking to understand the deeper historical roots of African warfare.



 
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War in Pre-Colonial Eastern Africa examines the nature and objectives of violence in the region in the nineteenth century. It is particularly concerned with highland Ethiopia and the Great Lakes. It will be of use to those interested in military history and to anyone involved in modern development and conflict resolution seeking to understand the deeper historical roots of African warfare.



 

Contents:
I THEORY & CONTEXT African War in Historical & Theoretical Perspective Antiquity & Inheritance Restorative Violence & the Weight of History
II ARMIES Tools & Tactics Organisation & Function
III PROCESS, IMPACT & CULTURE Cost & Profit War & Economic Change Violence & Society The Resolution & Avoidance of Conflict The Culture of Conflict Conclusions: War & the Making of State & Society

Richard Reid is a lecturer in history at the University of Durham.

“An important and thoughtful overview that reminds us that African military history is worth studying in its own right, and that it illuminates much else about ‘state and society.’”
African Studies Review

“(A) much needed counterpart to studies already done on precolonial warfare in other geographical regions of Africa.... Through well-organized chapters, Reid shows how the East African societies...had a refined sense of the meaning of warfare and its influence on identity, respect, royal inheritance, nationhood, and community.”
International Journal of African Historical Studies