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Title: The political economy of nineteenth century Bonny : a study of power, authority, legitimacy and ideology in a Delta trading community from 1790-1914
Author: Hargreaves, Susan M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2680 5552
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1987
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This thesis is a study of nineteenth century Bonny, which was successively the major slave and palm oil exporter in the Niger Delta. It focuses on the concepts of power, authority, legitimacy and ideology to explain the nature of social change, a much neglected area of study in Vest African history. In the first section, it looks at the development and social organisation of the trading house, with special regard to the problematic nature of the relations between the head and other house members. It then concentrates on the evolution of political organisation and the development of the office of Amanyanabo to demonstrate that the boundaries of the king's authority and power were not based on traditional grounds. In the second section, the reigns of the nineteenth century monarchs come under scrutiny and a demonstration of the changing nature of the relationship between these kings and the chiefs is undertaken, Attention focuses on the events which led to the introduction of the Annie and Manilla Pepple Houses; the question mark over the instigation of the regency following Opubols death; the manner of William Dappa Pepple's installation, his attainment of authority and power (an achievement ignored by previous researchers), his deposition and re-adoption; the reign of George Pepple; the transfer of power to the chiefs; the events leading to the civil war of 1869; Oko Jumbo's usurpation of power and his eventual demise. In the third and final section, the problems engendered by British rule and the economic problems of the day are discussed, and how particular Bonny houses attempted to overcome them.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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