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Title:Dahomey and the Slave Trade; Reflections on the Historiography of the Rise of Dahomey
Author:Law, Robin R.ISNI
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Benin
Subjects:slave trade
Dahomey polity
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/181135
Abstract:The article reviews the historiography of the rise of Dahomey, in an attempt to clarify the relationship between the nature of the Dabomian state and its participation in the slave trade. It considers, and refutes, the view that the rulers of Dahomey had originally intended to bring the slave trade to an end. It examines the militaristic character of the Bahamian state, and suggests that this is best understood as a consequence of increased warfare stimulated by the overseas market for war captives. Finally, it examines and partially endorses those views which have presented the political centralization of Dahomey as a constructive response to the problems of order posed by slave-raiding. Notes.