The study examines the interrelationships which evolved among the rural polities of Kauru and Pengana hills in the Central Nigerian Highlands. It analyses the relations within and between these polities and between them and the Islamic states which emerged in their neighbourhood and which tried to bring the polities under their control. It considers both patterns of peaceful coexistence and military confrontations. The volume is a significant contribution to the growing body of literature on the historiography of African intergroup relations. It is a major addition in the search for the basis of conflict resolutions in North Central Nigeria.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 260 pp., 9 tab., 4 graph.
Contents: Cultural and linguistic groups of the Central Nigerian Highlands - Nature and basis of economic, political and social
organisations - Precolonial intergroup relations in the rural societies of Kauru and Pengana hills - Military alliances and