Law, Robin. The politics of commercial transition: factional conflict in Dahomey in the context of the ending of the Atlantic slave trade

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The politics of commercial transition: factional conflict in Dahomey in the context of the ending of the Atlantic slave trade

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph The journal of African history -- Vol. 38, no. 2

Published By: Original publisher The journal of African history -- Vol. 38, no. 2 [London ; New York]: Cambridge University Press. 1997. 213-233 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication By Robin Law

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2016. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Fon (FA18)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Chief executive (643); Form and rules of government (642); Status, role, and prestige (554); Administrative agencies (647); Ingroup antagonisms (578); External relations (648); Slavery (567); External trade (439); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Inheritance (428); Political movements (668); Political parties (665);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This article examines the background and significance of the royal succession crisis that occurred in Dahomey in 1858. It places the crisis in the wider context of widening divisions among members of the traditional political elite over two culturally and economically important issues. One involved heated controversies over the custom of sacrificing captured humans on the coronation and anniversary of kings. The other related to disagreements within the Dahomian ruling élite about how to respond to the decline of the Atlantic slave trade. Conservative elites wished for the continuity of both human sacrifice and slavery, claimed that discontinuing them would led to the demilitarization of Dahomey society. By contrast, progressive elites organizing themselves around the designated heir apparent Badahun (Glele) who sought to promote the legitimate trade of exporting palm oil as a substitute for slaves. The encirclement of the kingdom by British and French colonial forces led to the resolution of this controversy in favor of progressive elites.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 12

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. fa18-012

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

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Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document Not specified

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Historian- 4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Teferi Abate Adem

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1800-1894

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Dahomey Kingdom (Benin since 1975)

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Fon (African people)

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