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





ISBN 9781138591851
Published April 27, 2020 by Routledge
254 Pages

 
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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.

Table of Contents

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

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