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Rulers, Warriors, Traders, Clerics: The Central Sahel and the North Sea, 800-1500

Anne Haour


What do we learn if we look in parallel at the past of two distinct parts of the world? This book weighs this question by considering both the central Sahel of West Africa and the European countries around the North Sea, for the period 800–1500. This is a time for which historical records are scarce, and to which archaeology is making ever-increasing contributions. It is also, and foremost, a time when the central Sahel and northern Europe alike were undergoing far-reaching changes that were to define key aspects of their identity today. New monotheistic religions were replacing the animist fa ... More

Keywords: central Sahel, West Africa, North Sea, archaeology, monotheistic religion, animist religion, trading networks, towns, fortifications, invaders

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264119
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264119.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Haour, author
Lecturer in the Arts and Archaeology of Africa, Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia.