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'Ibadan - a model of historical facts': militarism and civic culture in a Yoruba city

By Ruth Watson


The article focuses on an historical relationship between the political institution of chieftaincy and civic pride in Ibadan, a Yoruba city in south-western Nigeria. It examines this relationship against the scholarly model of ‘Yoruba urbanism’ and argues that this model is empirically and conceptually flawed. Drawing on oral and documentary historical sources, the article explores how a ‘civic Ibadan’ was made through practices of settlement, civil disorder and external warfare during the pre-colonial period. The analysis adds to recent debates about the concept of ‘historical materialism’ in the urban past

Topics: hca
Publisher: Cambridge Universtiy Press
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.bbk.ac.uk.oai2:275

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