Unspeakable Words, Unmasterable Feelings: Calamity and the Making of History in Asante

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Mccaskie, Tom
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Cambridge University Press
Date published: 
2018
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The Journal of African History
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The Journal of African History, Vol. 59, N0. 1, 2018 pp. 3-20
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The present article explores crucial aspects of the Asante understanding and construction of their own historical experience. Specifically, it historicizes the royal oaths of the first two Asante rulers Osei Tutu (d. 1717) and Opoku Ware (d. 1750). These have long been understood to be fundamental elements in the working of Asante society and culture, but here they are situated precisely as historical testaments and mnemonics. Attention is paid to current debates on matters of emotion, affect and performance, but the focus of the article is an empirical and exemplary investigation of history-making among the Asante.

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CITATION: Mccaskie, Tom. Unspeakable Words, Unmasterable Feelings: Calamity and the Making of History in Asante . : Cambridge University Press , 2018. The Journal of African History, Vol. 59, N0. 1, 2018 pp. 3-20 - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/unspeakable-words-unmasterable-feelings-calamity-and-making-history-asante

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