Evans-Pritchard, E. E. (Edward Evan), 1902-1973. Zande border raids

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Title: Zande border raids

Published in: Africa -- Vol. 27

Published By: Africa -- Vol. 27 London: Oxford University Press, 1957. 217-230 p.

By line: E. E. Evans-Pritchard

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1999. Computer File

Culture: Azande (FO07)

Subjects: Instigation of war (721); History (175); Warfare (726);

Abstract: This brief article concerns the nature of border raids in four of the frontier provinces of the Gbudwe kingdom of Azande. Herein is found a valuable discussion of the following: motivations behind raids, combat preparations, aftermath of combat, raiding strategy and tactics, and other characteristics of military operations. While the article stresses more a description of actual battles and military episodes rather than an analysis of cultural-historical forces determining Azande warfare and raiding, the author does not draw the significant distinction between raids (affrays) and war campaigns: wars mobilize all or most of the territorial and social divisions of an Azande kingdom, while raids are military engagements between specific Azande or non-Azande provinces. Although not necessarily differing in objectives or operations, raids are much smaller in scale and scope than are wars. This article, however, relates neither raids nor wars to other Azande institutions.

Document Number: 65

Document ID: fo07-065

Document Type: journal article

Language: English

Field Date: 1927-1930

Evaluation: Social Anthropologist

Analyst: Gilbert Winer; 1968-1969

Coverage Date: ca. 1865 - ca. 1905

Coverage Place: Gbudwe Kingdom, Sudan

LCSH: Zande (African people)

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