The Horse in West African History: The Role of the Horse in the Societies of Pre-Colonial West Africa (Hardback)Robin Law (author)
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Originally published in 1980 and here re-issued with an updated preface, this book deals with the role of the horse in the societies of West Africa during the pre-colonial period. It traces the history of its introduction and its diffusion within West Africa, and examines the problems of maintaining horses in such a harsh environment. The use of horses in warfare in analysed but the non-military aspects of the West African horse culture are also discussed, principally the use of horses as tokens of status and wealth. The book includes a review of the decline of the West African horse culture in the 20th century, reflecting the passing of a political system based on warfare and slavery.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 250
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm