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Title:The ivory trade and chiefdoms in precolonial Malawi
Author:Morris, BrianISNI
Year:2006
Periodical:The Society of Malawi Journal
Volume:59
Issue:2
Pages:6-23
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Malawi
Central Africa
Subjects:political history
mercantile history
political economy
traditional polities
ivory
1800-1899
History, Archaeology
Ivories
Chiefdoms
history
Elephant hunting
Political leadership
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/29779210
Abstract:What is now Malawi is often envisaged as 'decentralized' until the establishment of the colonial State at the end of the 19th century. The present paper suggests that during the 19th century Malawi was in fact more, not less, politically centralized than it was in earlier centuries, and emphasizes the crucial role of the ivory trade - elephant hunting - in the political history of Malawi. After an initial discussion of the Maravi States, the remainder of the paper discusses the importance of ivory, and thus elephant hunting, in the emergence of many chiefdoms and petty States during the 19th century, especially focusing on the Chikulamayembe, Chewa, Jumbe and Yao chiefdoms. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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