The war houses of the Watara in West Africa

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Explores the role of the war houses of the Watara in structuring economic and political space in the West African savanna in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ethnographic and analytical concept of the war house; Differences between the houses of war leaders and farming population; Limitation of war houses' interest in land; Village civilization; War house as an enterprise; Household heads or rulers.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-570
Number of pages34
JournalInternational Journal of African Historical Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1 1998


  • AFRICA, West -- Politics & government
  • SOCIAL classes
  • HEADS of households
  • AFRICA, West


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