Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800

Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800

Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800

Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500-1800

Synopsis

Warfare in Atlantic Africa provides a detailed examination of the way in which the war was conducted. This study covers the whole region systematically from original sources. It also includes the relationship between warfare and the slave trade.

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Although I was born into a military family, and served in the United States Air Force myself during the Vietnam era, it was not until after I completed my PhD in 1979 that I took a serious interest in military history. In 1980, Hans Schmidt, then a colleague at the University of Zambia, lent me his copy of John Keegan’s Face of Battle, and awakened my interest in military history. The interest was further shaped through many conversations with Jay Luvaas, when we were colleagues at Allegheny College, 1981-3. It was largely because of these influences that I decided, while preparing an edition of Cavazzi’s history of Queen Njinga, that I would study that famous Angolan queen as a military leader. The result was my brief study, “The Art of War in Angola”, published in 1988, the work which eventually brought me into contact with the series editor Jeremy Black, who persuaded me to extend my interest in the military history of Angola to other parts of Africa.

Because African military historiography is fairly underdeveloped, I found it necessary to attempt this work largely through direct consultation of the relevant primary sources. Obviously, given the large number of such sources available, I have not been able to be comprehensive in this search, and although readers will see a wide variety of sources cited, both published and unpublished, archival and manuscript, these are not the result of a systematic search of the archives. Rather they represent a range of material that I have been able to locate, often through following footnotes of other authors, and to copy or consult.

This work has benefited from the research of many previous scholars, who not only guided me through the general histories of the regions of their specialities but, through their footnotes, allowed me to locate primary sources. Many of the sources, especially the archival sources, were located by following up footnotes in other work, for the Dutch and Danish materials by ordering

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