Description of the book

This book adopts an international, multi-territorial and multi-“national” perspective on Asante to capture the cosmopolitan and international dimension of Asante life and identity. This volume attempts precisely to bring together new methods, new research, new ideas and even a revisit of some of the earlier perspectives on Asante. In the process, this volume could become a unique source of first-class and innovative historical research on the Asante World produced by top scholars in the field. For the first time English-speaking readers will find in a single volume analysis and information about both Asante, its vassal states, territories and dependencies, Asante relations and activities in the African Diaspora. It will also analyze the interactions and mutual influences between Asante and its regional neighbors, Asante and its international neighbors, and Asante in the modern Diaspora. The aim is to highlight connections between both political entities and the various territories under their control. Additionally, well beyond the more traditional approach to Asante history, this book will bring many other points of view and perspectives to respond to the reality of this multi-centered African polity.

The project will combine intellectual history, political, diplomatic and economic history, gender history, art, literature, architecture, music, theatre, medicine, science and technology, politics, global interactions to provide a holistic perspective of the Asante and the Asante World


Chapter Outline


First Part: The Asante World (15 th -17 th Centuries)

1. State-Building: The Origins of the Asante Kingdom

2. Urbanization: Migration, Language, Identity

3. Regional Geopolitics: Asante and the Struggle for Supremacy in the Volta Basin

4. Governance and Administration: The Political Constitution of the Asante Empire

5. Long-Distance Trade: The Asante and the Kola Trade

6. Globalizing African Labor: Asante and the Atlantic Slave Trade

7. Diplomacy and War: Asante and the Fante States

8. Power and Wealth: Architecture of Kumase

9. Power and Politics: Greater Asante

10. Economy and Trade in the Asante Hinterland

11. Gender: structures and roles

12. Asante Culture: Beliefs, Values and Norms

13. Aesthetics and Power: Kente and Asante Culture

14. State and Society: Identities and Counter-identities

Second Part: Expansion and Empire (17th to 19th century)

15. Asante and its Heartland

16. The Asante Imperium: Asante Expansion – Imperial Outlook and Construction of Empire

17. Inter-State Relations: Asante and the Fante

18. Contending Empires: Asante and the British

19. Inter-State Relations: Asante and the Dutch

20. Agents of Dutch Colonialism: Asante Recruitment of Soldiers for the Dutch East Indies

21. The Political Economy of Labor: Pawnship and the Slave Trade

23. Organizing Slave Markets: Asante, Kormantse/Cormantine and the Slave Trade

Third Part: Colonial Rule, The Slave Trade and Dislocation: The Akan World in the Americas (19th and 20th centuries)

24. Asante and the End of the Slave Trade

25. Colonial Transformations: The British and Asante Architecture

26. The Exile of Nana Prempeh

27. Asantehene Prempeh I in Seychelles

28. “Recreating Asante?”The Asante Community in Seychelles

29. Akan Culture in South America and the Caribbean

Fourth Part: The Akan/Asante World in the African Diaspora -21 st Century

30. Asante/Akan Community in Toronto

31. Re-Creating Asante/Akan in the Diaspora: The Asantefuohene/Akanfuohene in the Diaspora (Canada)

33. Re-Creating Asante/Akan in the Diaspora: The Asantefuohemaa in the Diaspora (The Americas & Europe)

34. Otumfuo and the African Diaspora

35. Re-creating Asante/Akan: The Manhyia Palace Museum and the African Diaspora

34. New Scholarship on Asante/Akan:

a. Climate Change and Deforestation

b. Epidemiology and local responses to new diseases

c. Gold Mining, Galamsey and Environmental Degradation in Asante

d. The New Scramble for African Resources – The Chinese in Asante

e. Globalization – An Asante/Akan Case?

f. Setting a Trend in Global Soccer – Kumasi Asante Kotoko



Interested colleagues should send abstracts to in early January 2019

December and full papers/chapters by June 30, 2019.



Edmund Abaka is Associate Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Miami and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana (2016-18).

Kwame Osei Kwarteng is Associate Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, University of Cape Coast, Ghana. He holds a PhD in African Studies, Birmingham, United Kingdom. He has authored A History of Ahafo 1719 -1958: Ahafo from the earliest Times to 1958 (2011) and A History of the Elephant in Ghana in the Twentieth Century: the Elephant in Ghana from the earliest times to the close of the twentieth century(2011), among others

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