Cohen, Ronald. The Kingship in Bornu

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

Title: The Kingship in Bornu

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph West African chiefs : their changing status under colonial rule and independence, edited by Michael Crowder and Obaro Ikime

Published By: Original publisher West African chiefs : their changing status under colonial rule and independence, edited by Michael Crowder and Obaro Ikime New York: Africana Pub. Corp.. 1970. 187-201 p.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication by Ronald Cohen

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 1998. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Kanuri (MS14)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Sociocultural trends (178); Form and rules of government (642); Chief executive (643); Taxation and public income (651);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In this article, Cohen examines state development in the Chad basin from the first millenium A.D. up to 1968. The earliest state was a loose confederacy of clans under the leadership of a dominant lineage. The arrival of Islamic teachers at the end of the thirteenth century brought knowledge of centralized statecraft, warfare and courtly life. The Kanem confederacy was followed by the Bornu conquest state in the fifteenth century which subjugated and absorbed the surrounding tribes to form the Kanuri people. Centralization of power increased with long-distance trade and with the establishment of a tenure system of fragmented and widely dispersed fiefs whose owners resided in the capital. Dynastic changeover in the nineteenth century forced the new monarch to rely on clients and household slaves to rule. At the turn of the century the British established new administrative and taxation systems, which reduced kingship to a constitutional monarchy and created a new western-educated bureaucratic elite.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 9

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. ms14-009

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-210)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-57, summers 1964-66

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 Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Ian Skoggard ; 1996

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1820 - 1968

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Borno State, Nigeria

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

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