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Edited by Paul E. Lovejoy and Toyin Falola.

A collection of 20 essays that explore the institution of debt bondage in Africa in which individuals were held as collateral, usually by members of the same family, in lieu of debts that had been incurred. Also explores how the pressure of the international slave trade, especially along the West African coast, further shaped the institution of pawnship and allowed the extension of credit into the interior of West Africa.

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Nefertari Books' mission is to be a pioneering online bookstore providing the community with the most comphrensive  collection of black literature.  It is our aim to provide the widest possible choice  and conitunually serve and inspire people to read and study across all disciplines.  We seek to dispel the offensive myth that  there are no real records of our history and culture and that it is primarily oral. We have a wealth of culture that must be preserved in all formats and we will continue to encourage all writers, historians to continue their work utilising  all forms of media.

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