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

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 acti
eBook, English, 2014
Taylor and Francis, Hoboken, 2014