Warfare & Diplomacy in Pre-Colonial West Africa by Robert S. Smith
James Currey; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 January 1989)
Soft Cover, 176 pages
Covering a period of some 400 to 500 years up to the last decades of the nineteenth century, the author takes a wide range of examples from those societies whose levels of political organisation warrant the term 'states'. The arrangements for the exercise of power within these varied from states where one man or an oligarchy made decisions about war and peace to states where power was diffused between members of the community.