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The Fall of the Asante Empire: The Hundred-Year War for Africa's Gold Coast
In 1817, the first British envoy to meet the king of the Asante of West Africa was dazzled by his reception. A group of 5,000 Asante soldiers, many wearing immense caps topped with three foot eagle feathers and gold ram's horns, engulfed him with a "zeal bordering on phrensy, " shooting muskets into the air. The envoy was escorted, as no fewer than 100 bands played, to the ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Free Press
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_The Fall of the Asante Empire_ by Robert B. Edgerton is a rather engaging book that can be read on several levels. It is an account of one of the last existing preliterate sub-Saharan African civilizations, the author providing speculation and first-hand contemporary accounts of one of the most noteworthy and powerful non-European civilizations of West Africa. As one might imagine it is also a vivid, detailed, and exhaustive (though certainly not tedious) tale of the various cold and hot wars t ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A balanced, compelling history of the one hundred year war for Africa’s Gold Coast.
I’m a sucker for history books on ‘new-to-me’ subjects, and I snapped up Robert B. Edgerton’s The Fall of the Asante Empire the moment I saw it on the bookstore shelf. Well-researched and engagingly written, Edgerton offers a concise history of the Asante Empire, an African kingdom that dominated the Gold Coast for centuries, before prolonged conflict with the British would ultimately lead to military defeat and t ...more
A great and thorough study on a totally neglected series of conflicts, which until the end, certainly were neither lopsided nor predetermined. In addition to covering the wars themselves there is also alot of great detail on the Asante kingdom's internal politics and society, festivals, and organization.
Good history book written objectively about Britian's war with the Asante from 1804 - 1906. Very helpful in understanding current conditions in Ghana. A lot of books that deal with countries in Africa cover a historical period of 50 years and forget that many of Africa's problematic interactions with the West began hundreds of years ago.