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Ben Franklin Stilled the Waves
Charles Tanford
0192804944
Dec 2003
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Benjamin Franklin was the first to report the phenomenon of oil's power to still troubled waters and to speculate on why it happened. A century later Lord Rayleigh performed an identical experiment. Irving Langmuir did it with minor variations in 1917, and won a Nobel Prize for it. Then
Langmuir's work was followed by a Dutch pediatrician's in 1925. p Each experimenter saw a little more in the result than his predecessor had seen, and the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology have all been illuminated by the work. p Charles Tanford reflects on the evolving nature of science
and of individual scientists. Recounting innovations in each trial, he follows the classic experiment from Franklin's drawing room to our present-day institutionalized scientific establishments and speculates on the ensuing changes in...


The Viceroy of Ouidah
Bruce Chatwin
0140112901
June 7, 1988
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In this vivid, powerful novel, Chatwin tells of Francisco Manoel de Silva, a poor Brazilian adventurer who sails to Dahomey in West Africa to trade for slaves and amass his fortune. His plans exceed his dreams, and soon he is the Viceroy of Ouidah, master of all slave trading in Dahomey. But the ghastly business of slave trading and the open savagery of life in Dahomey slowly consume Manoel's wealth and sanity.

"This is Conrad's Heart of Darkness seen through a microscope." --The Atlantic Monthly

"Dazzles and mystifies, with its lush anger, its impacted memory, its gorgeous desolation." --The New York Times

About the Author
Born in 1942, Bruce Chatwin was the author of six books, including In Patagonia, On the Black Hill, and...


Benin
J. S. Eades
1851091459
January 1997
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Strategic Transformations in Nigerian Writing
Ato Quayson
0253211484
Sept 1997
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Palace Sculptures of Abomey: History Told on Walls
Francesca Pique
0892365692
March 2000
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From Library Journal
The Fon people of the Republic of Benin in West Africa were a powerful cultural and military force in the 18th and 19th centuries. Their kings reigned from elaborate earthen palaces decorated with brightly colored bas-reliefs that expressed the power and achievements of the rulers through allegorical and symbolic imagery. The government of Benin, together with the Getty Conservation Institute, is endeavoring to preserve those historically important sculptures. This book provides background information on Fon culture and history, the kingship system and the role of the palaces, and explication of the significance and meaning of the reliefs, as well as a section on the continuing conservation efforts. This volume is not intended as a catalog raisonn? of the reliefs; rather, it is a richly illustrated introductory...


Royal Art of Benin The Perls Collection
Kate Ezra
0300086636

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From Publishers Weekly
For more than 500 years, the West African kingdom of Benin has produced brass, ivory, wood and terracotta sculpture prized for its naturalism, beauty and technical sophistication. This sumptuous catalogue of an exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art reproduces mysterious brass heads of monarchs and queen mothers, palace plaques teeming with relief figures, regal roosters atop ancestral altars, carved ivory tusks and pyramid-shaped bells. Ezra, an associate curator of the museum, makes it clear in her informative text that this art is intimately linked to rituals of divine kingship and religion, as can be seen in complex altar tableaux depicting the king surrounded by courtiers, chiefs and attendants, and in cylindrical wood altars dedicated to the human hand, which is worshipped in the Benin...


Art, Innovation, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century Benin
Paula Girshick Ben-Amos
0253335035
January 1999
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Book Description
"The wealth of historiographic resources, the command of relevant literature, the ethnographic research and prudent use of oral traditions give this work a high degree of . . . intellectual excitement. . . . a landmark in the field." --Warren d'Azevedo Making use of archival and oral resources in this extensively researched book, Paula Girshick Ben-Amos questions to what extent art operates as political strategy. How do objects acquire political meaning? How does the use of art enhance and embody power and authority?

About the Author
Paula Girshick Ben-Amos is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. She is author of The Art of Benin and co-editor (with Arnold Rubin) of The Art of Power/The Power of Art: Essays in Benin Iconology.


Rethinking the African Diaspora; The Making of a Black Atlantic World in the Bight of Benin and Brazil (Studies in Slave and Post-Slave Societies and Cultures)
KRISTIN MANN
071468158X
September 1, 2001
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One of the most heavily travelled migration routes from Old World to New was the trajectory of slave ships that left the coast of West Africa along the Bight of Benin and landed their human cargo in Brazil. An estimated two million persons over the course of some 250 years were forced migrants along this route, arriving mainly in the Brazilian province of Bahia. Earlier generations of scholars studied this southern portion of the slave trade simply as an east-west movement of enslaved persons stripped of identity and culture, or they looked for possible "retentions" of Africa among descendants of slaves in the Americas.
As a result of new research, we can now paint a more complex picture of peoples and cultures in the south Atlantic, from the earliest period of the slave trade up to the present. The nine papers in...


Weathered by Miracles
Thomas A. Idinopulos
1566631890
Jan 1998
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Book Review
Though the current religious conflicts in Israel can be traced back two millennium, the past 150 years have certainly determined the current political reality. Beginning with Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 and extending to the birth of modern Israel in 1948, Weathered by Miracles is a concise and uncommonly balanced history of one the world's most complex regions. In a sense, Napoleon could be blamed for this mess. Though his bid for control of the region was thwarted at the Palestinian town of Acre in 1799, his attempt opened a channel between the East and West that had been largely cut off since the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries. The British came to the aid of the Ottomans to halt Napoleon, and in doing so, entrenched themselves in Palestine, a move that would have long reaching political and...


The Emergent Independent Press in Benin and Cote d'Ivoire: From Voice of the State to Advocate of Democracy
W. Joseph Campbell
0275963098
September 1998
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Review
“Scholars and researchers of African media, media planners and practicioners, students of African politics and sociologists will find this book an indespensable addition to their collection....[T]he book has my full endorsement.”–ICB
“Campbell's book offers penetrating insights that should provide readers with a deeper understanding of the conflict between inherent political ideologies and journalistic theory and practice in Africa....Scholars and researchers of African media, media planners and practitioners, students of African politics and sociologists will find this book an indispensable addition to their collection. Among the compelling strengths of the book is the originality of its subject matter. The book covers a topic that has not been previously studied.”–ICB
“Campbell...


Weathered by Miracles
Thomas A. Idinopulos
1566632692
Jan 1999
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Book Review
Though the current religious conflicts in Israel can be traced back two millennium, the past 150 years have certainly determined the current political reality. Beginning with Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Egypt in 1798 and extending to the birth of modern Israel in 1948, Weathered by Miracles is a concise and uncommonly balanced history of one the world's most complex regions. In a sense, Napoleon could be blamed for this mess. Though his bid for control of the region was thwarted at the Palestinian town of Acre in 1799, his attempt opened a channel between the East and West that had been largely cut off since the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries. The British came to the aid of the Ottomans to halt Napoleon, and in doing so, entrenched themselves in Palestine, a move that would have long reaching political and...


Quidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving Port, 1727-1892
Robin Law
0821415719
May 2004
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Slavery, Colonialism and Economic Growth in Dahomey, 1640-1960 (African Studies)
Patrick Manning (Series Editor), et al
0521523079
June 7, 2004
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Book Description
The small but important region of Dahomey (now the People's Republic of Benin) has played an active role in the world economy throughout the era of mercantile and industrial capitalism, beginning as an exporter of slaves and becoming an exporter of plain oil and palm kernels. This book covers a span of three centuries, integrating into a single framework the pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial economic history of Dahomey. Mr Manning has pieced together an extensive body of new evidence and new interpretations: he has combined descriptive evidence with quantitative data on foreign trade, slave demography and colonial government finance, and has used both Marxian and Neoclassical techniques of economic analysis. He argues that, despite the severe strain on population and economic growth caused by the slave trade,...


Saving Big Ben
Peter J. Prato
158820183X
Feb 2001
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Book Description
This is the story of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin and the crew that had the greatest number of decorations ever given to a single ship.


Life & Afterlife in Benin
Alex Van Gelder, Okwui Enwezor
0714845132
July 6, 2005
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Book Description
Photography plays a role in most of our lives - but rarely in our deaths. If you happened to live in the West African country of Benin * during the 1960s and 1970s, photography was quite literally a matter of life and death. It is a commonly held belief in many non-Western cultures that a person’s soul lives on, as if trapped, within the photograph. In Benin, with its rich spiritual traditions of animism (voodoo was born here and is now Benin’s official religion) – whereby fetishes or objects are regarded to embody powerful spirits - the photograph came to play a fascinating role in the rituals of death. This unique collection of portrait photography, painstakingly assembled and conserved by the West African art specialist Alex van Gelder, opens a new chapter in the history of African photography. ...


Brill's Studies in Intellectual History, Menasseh Ben Israel and His World
Yosef Kaplan
9004091149
Jan 1989
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Book Description
This book, the results of a conference held in Israel in 1985, brings together many new perspectives on the significance of Menasseh ben Israel's ideas, and their relation to Christian millenarian views of the time and Jewish kabbalistic and messianistic thought. Scholars from America, Europe and Israel, working on various aspects of 17th century philosophy and religion present here in 18 essays important new data and interpretations of the Jewish and Christian background, and of Menasseh's ideas and their relation to those of Jewish and Christian thinkers of the time. Thus, this volume provides the grounds for reassessing, on the basis of recent scholarship, the ferment of messianic and millenarian ideas issuing from Holland and England in the mid-17th century.


Historical Dictionary of Benin: African Historical Dictionaries, No.7
Samuel Decalo
0810819244
December 1987
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Book Description
Traces the dominant historical, social, economic, and political features of Benin, and outlines the biographies of some of the most important personalities who have played a role in the Beninois public scene. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Samuel Decalo (Ph.D., M.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania) has taught at various universities both at home (University of Rhode Island; New School for Social Research; Emory University) and abroad (University of Botswana; University of the West Indies). An expert on Middle East and African politics, he is the author of eleven books (including five in this series) and numerous articles. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Florida in Gainesville. --This text...


Quidah: The Social History of a West African Slaving 'Port' 1727-1892 (Western African Studies Series)
Robin Law
0821415727
May 2004
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Amazons of Black Sparta : The Women Warriors of Dahomey
Stanley B. Alpern
0814706789
May 1999
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Wives of the Leopard: Gender, Politics, and Culture in the Kingdom of Dahomey
Edna G. Bay
0813917921
October 1998
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Doguicimi: The First Dahomean Novel (1937)
Paul Hazoume
0894104055
July 1990
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, French (translation)


Historical Dictionary of Dahomey
Samuel Decalo
0810808331
October 1976
Hardcover
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The Wall Sculpture of Abomey
Francesca Pique, Leslie Rainer
0500281807
November 15, 1999
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An Oba of Benin (Carol Barker's Worlds of Yesterday)
Carol Barker
0201004232


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Card catalog description
In West Africa in 1504, a young prince prepares to be the next ruler of his kingdom.


Travels in Western Africa in 1845 and 1846
John Duncan
0714618047
May 1968
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