First published in 1940 and this edition in 1987, this book is a comparative study of African political institutions. It describes different types of social organisation that are found in a number of African societies and analyses the principles underlying these traditional forms of government.
The volume represents the results of field studies carried out by trained investigators in a number of areas, and was compiled and edited under the auspices of the International African Institute. It will be of interest to students, anthropologists and administrators.
Editor’s Note; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Kingdom of the Zulu of South Africa 2. The Political Organization of the Ngwato of Bechuanaland Protectorate 3. The Political System of the Bemba Tribe- North-Eastern Rhodesia 4. The Kingdom of Ankole in Uganda 5. The Kede: A Riverain State in Northern Nigeria 6. The Political Organization of the Bantu of Kavirondo 7. The Political System of the Tallensi of the Northern Territories of the Gold Coast 8. The Nuer of the Southern Sudan; Index