Constructing Avatime: questions of history and identity in a West African polity, c. 1690s to the twentieth century

Lynne Brydon

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Abstract

Small-scale societies, like Avatime in eastern Ghana, established, maintained and developed themselves in a range of ways, in spaces between large, centralized states, in West Africa in the precolonial era. This essay demonstrates the inclusivity and initiative (in terms of both economic entrepreneurship and bricolage) of this small group before its effective destruction by Asante in about 1870, and looks at the ways in which Avatime was reconstructed in the last third of the nineteenth century. In addition, issues of ethnicity and identity are broadly addressed, comparing Avatime's inclusivity with tropes of difference discussed in recent studies of small-scale societies in this journal.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-42
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of African History
Volume49
Issue number01
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Ghana
  • settlement histories
  • Togo
  • slavery
  • ethnicity
  • war
  • microhistory

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