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Radical History Review (2022) 2022 (144): 19–44.
Published: 01 October 2022
...Elizabeth Ann Fretwell Abstract This article examines the sartorial culture of an African elite as a form of Afropolitanism in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century West African kingdom of Dahomey. Dahomean elites embraced cultural borrowing to layer styles and materials from European and African...
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Radical History Review (2022) 2022 (144): 1–18.
Published: 01 October 2022
... readily evoked in fashion and consumer culture, but the term also evokes a powerful visual aesthetic associated with urbanized landscapes both within and beyond the African continent, past and present. In her study of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Dahomey, Elizabeth Fretwell analyzes images...
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Published: 01 October 2022
Figure 2. Francis Chesham, Last Day of the Annual Customs for Watering the Graves of the King’s Ancestors . From Archibald Dalzel’s History of Dahomey (1793). More
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Radical History Review (2005) 2005 (91): 98–103.
Published: 01 January 2005
... to tropical Africa. There were, for instance, Archibald Dalzel’s History of Dahomey, published in 1793, and Silvia Correia’s History of Angola, published in about 1742. Different authors continued to produce other publications, writings, and comments pertaining to tropical Africa. To be sure, not all...
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Radical History Review (1985) 1985 (33): 165–181.
Published: 01 May 1985
... French colony of Dahomey; the latter became the Republic of Benin in 1975. 16. Robert Farris Thompson, Flash of the Spirit (New York, 1982). 17. The recent book by Werner Gillon, while visually impressive, conflates communitarian and court art. In addition, its focus on change is so...
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Radical History Review (1989) 1989 (45): 164–171.
Published: 01 October 1989
... begins to solve a serious deficiency in Polanyi's analysis, but he only begins to do so. Polanyi drew heavily on the old gmeinxhft/gesellxhft distinction to characterize precapitalist societies. While he moved easily from trade routes in Dahomey to exchange among the Trobriand Islanders...
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Radical History Review (1992) 1992 (52): 5–30.
Published: 01 January 1992
... Dahomans, who seemed to lack gen- der difference entirely. The New York Times described "The Dahomey gentleman (or perhaps it is a Dahomey lady, for the distinction is not obvious), who may be seen at almost any hour .. . clad mainly in a brief grass skirt and capering nimbly to the lascivious...
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Radical History Review (2004) 2004 (89): 165–184.
Published: 01 May 2004
... of Yoruba speakers, and other Africans, from Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Dahomey, Congo, and Cameroon, cabildos became the sites of Santeria (now a hemisphere-wide reli- gion). Among Indo-Caribbeans, the reconfiguration of social organization is perhaps best known...
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Radical History Review (1987) 1987 (39): 28–48.
Published: 01 October 1987
... functionaries were able to increase their wealth and power vis-his other segments of society. In the process new states such as Dahomey, Kasanje and Mataniba were formed, older ones were strengthened and an elaborate network of trade was created. 17 Whereas small or medium farms were typical...
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Radical History Review (1985) 1985 (32): 33–57.
Published: 01 January 1985
... buildings devoted to transportation, manufacture, and electricity presented in historical perspective; it also had seedier entertainment pavilions, located outside the White City, including ”a real Dahomey village of genuine sav- ages.” The 1939 World’s Fair overcame this dichotomy...
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Radical History Review (2009) 2009 (103): 59–81.
Published: 01 January 2009
... conquest of Dahomey through staged reenactments of battles and ethnographic scenes involving “authentic natives.”29 Alongside these depictions of black colonial barbarity, the image of the African tirailleur (soldier) emerged as the epitome of the French civilizing process: a physically robust yet...
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Radical History Review (2004) 2004 (90): 31–61.
Published: 01 October 2004
... fantasies” (61). The poem negates Negritude poets’ idealization of and identification with a glorious African history: “No, we’ve never been Amazons of the king of Dahomey, nor princes of Ghana. . . . I may as well confess that we were at all times pretty mediocre...