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Title:War, slaves and economy: the late nineteenth-century Chikunda expansion in South-Central Africa
Authors:Isaacman, AllenISNI
Rosenthal, Anton
Periodical:Cultures et développement
Geographic term:Southern Africa
Subjects:Kunda (Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe)
traditional polities
Abstract:This article examines the transformation of the Chikunda from traders and hunters to the dominant military and political force in the middle Zambesi. At their zenith, the Chikunda states dominated a vast zone stretching northward from Zumbo up the Luangwa Valley, eastward to the Soli homelands and southward into comtemporary Zimbabwe. On the eve of the 'scramble', one British agent observed that, if left unchallenged, the Chikunda would soon extend their hegemony to the Congo. Although this is a study of warriors and conquest, the authors are less concerned with the style of battles and the military organization than with how warfare and the production of slaves became the central feature of the region's political economy and the basis for the social reproduction of the Chikunda and the warrior states, to which they were attached. - Map, notes.