Labour and Living Standards in Pre-Colonial West Africa: The case of the Gold Coast, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Labour and Living Standards in Pre-Colonial West Africa

The case of the Gold Coast, 1st Edition

By Klas Rönnbäck

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210 pages | 23 B/W Illus.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the poorest region in the world. But its current status has skewed our understanding of the economy before colonization. Rönnbäck reconstructs the living standards of the population at a time when the Atlantic slave trade brought money and men into the area, enriching our understanding of West African economic development.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: theory and method 2. The Gold Coast in African economic history 3. Sources and source criticism 4. Work ethic and the division of labour 5. Work and wages at the Cape Coast Castle 6. Domestic markets for goods 7. Housing and material wealth 8. Living standards in a comparative perspective 9. Concluding discussion 10. References

About the Author

Klas Rönnbäck is an Associate Professor of Economic History at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

About the Series

Perspectives in Economic and Social History

We welcome new submissions for Perspectives in Economic and Social History. Please contact the series editors, Jari Eloranta (Economic History) and Andrew August (Social History), or Natalie Tomlinson, Editor for Economics at Routledge (natalie.tomlinson@tandf.co.uk).

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS001050
HISTORY / Africa / West