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Rulers, Warriors, Traders, ClericsThe Central Sahel and the North Sea, 800-1500$
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Anne Haour

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264119

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264119.001.0001

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Rulers, Warriors, Traders, Clerics

Anne Haour

British Academy

This chapter examines military activity and violence, as manifest in aspects of the archaeological and historical records for medieval times in the central Sahel and north-west Europe. It explores the contribution of military innovations to political centralisation, the prevalence of fortifications and town walling, and the widespread occurrence of slave raiding. It highlights the individual agency and motives in attracting followers for one's army, in building up stables of horses for prestige and power, and in building walls for purposes both definitional and defensive.

Keywords:   military activity, violence, military innovations, political centralisation, fortifications, town walling, slave raiding

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