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'Ibadan - a model of historical facts': militarism and civic culture in a Yoruba city

Watson, Ruth (1999) 'Ibadan - a model of historical facts': militarism and civic culture in a Yoruba city. Urban History 26 (1), pp. 5-26. ISSN 0963-9268.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0963926899000115

Abstract

The article focuses on an historical relationship between the political institution of chieftaincy and civic pride in Ibadan, a Yoruba city in south-western Nigeria. It examines this relationship against the scholarly model of ‘Yoruba urbanism’ and argues that this model is empirically and conceptually flawed. Drawing on oral and documentary historical sources, the article explores how a ‘civic Ibadan’ was made through practices of settlement, civil disorder and external warfare during the pre-colonial period. The analysis adds to recent debates about the concept of ‘historical materialism’ in the urban past.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: At the time of original publication, the author was at St Antony's College, Oxford.
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
Depositing User: Sandra Plummer
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/275

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