1st Edition

The Horse in West African History The Role of the Horse in the Societies of Pre-Colonial West Africa

By Robin Law Copyright 1980
    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1980 and here re-issued with an updated preface, this book deals with the role of the horse in the societies of West Africa during the pre-colonial period. It traces the history of its introduction and its diffusion within West Africa, and examines the problems of maintaining horses in such a harsh environment. The use of horses in warfare in analysed but the non-military aspects of the West African horse culture are also discussed, principally the use of horses as tokens of status and wealth. The book includes a review of the decline of the West African horse culture in the 20th century, reflecting the passing of a political system based on warfare and slavery.

    1. The Introduction and Diffusion of the Horse in West Africa

    2. The Supply of Horses

    3. Maintenance, Health and Training

    4. Equipment

    5. Cavalry Warfare

    6. Non-Military Aspects

    7. Horse and Society in pre-colonial West Africa

    8. The Decline of the Horse in West Africa


    Robin Law