Expansions and Contractions: World-Historical Change And The Western Sudan World-System (1200/1000 B.C. – 1200/1250 A.D.)

  • Ray A. Kea University of California, Riverside

Abstract

Archaeological evidence from West Africa suggests a process of relatively autochthonous state formation involving unusual forms of urbanization, horse warrior aristocracies, craft status groups and commodified trade networks organized by merchant-scholars. The emergenceof a West African state system played a generative role in the world-historical development of universal rationality in Western Afroeurasia, as well as in the intensification of empire formation and monetary integration in the formative era before the rise of European hegemony.
Published
2004-11-26
How to Cite
Kea, R. A. (2004). Expansions and Contractions: World-Historical Change And The Western Sudan World-System (1200/1000 B.C. – 1200/1250 A.D.). Journal of World-Systems Research, 10(3), 723-816. https://doi.org/10.5195/jwsr.2004.286
Section
Premodern Historical Systems: The Rise and Fall of States and Empires