Austin, Gareth. ‘No elders present’: commoners and private ownership in Asante, 1807-96

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: ‘No elders present’: commoners and private ownership in Asante, 1807-96

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph Journal of African history -- Vol. 37, no. 1

Published By: Original publisher Journal of African history -- Vol. 37, no. 1 London ; New York: Cambridge University Press. 1996. 1-30 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Gareth Austin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Akan (FE12)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Production and supply (433); Internal trade (438); External trade (439); Mercantile business (441); Slavery (567); Chief executive (643); Taxation and public income (651); Revolution (669);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, Austin reexamines the reasons for the overthrow of the ASANTEHENE Mensa Bonsu in 1883 and the ensuing civil war (1884-8.) Ivor Wilks attributed the rebellion to an emergent class of wealthy private traders, who were frustrated by state commercial monopolies and regulations. However, Austin disputes the evidence of a strong state commercial sector that directly competed with a growing private sector. Instead he claims that the trouble stemmed from the widespread opposition of small producers and traders, who reacted to extortionate high taxes and fines. According to Austin, small producers and traders participating in export and domestic markets became a major component of the Asante post-Atlantic slave trade economy and a force to be reckoned with.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 38

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fe12-038

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Not Specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Historian-4

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ;1999

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1807-1896

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Ashanti; Ghana

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Akan (African people)


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