Militarism and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Yoruba Country: The Ibadan Example

The needs of the military state Ibadan gave a tremendous impetus to the economic development, for which the ingredients were certainly present, of the Yoruba country in the 19th century. The economic activities needed peace for their full development. The militarism of Ibadan was a double-edged weapon and was no guarantee for the needed peace. The struggle for power and leadership within the country jeopardized the chances of peaceful economic development. The intermittant warfare injected discontinuity into the economic growth and placed some constraint on a lasting economic development. When peace was restored at the end of the century, and British rule was introduced, Ibadan and the rest of the Yoruba country were poised for rapid economic development. Notes, summary.

Title: Militarism and Economic Development in Nineteenth Century Yoruba Country: The Ibadan Example
Author: Awe, Bolanle
Year: 1973
Periodical: The Journal of African History
Volume: 14
Issue: 1
Pages: 65-77
Language: English
Geographic term: Nigeria
External link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/180777
Abstract: The needs of the military state Ibadan gave a tremendous impetus to the economic development, for which the ingredients were certainly present, of the Yoruba country in the 19th century. The economic activities needed peace for their full development. The militarism of Ibadan was a double-edged weapon and was no guarantee for the needed peace. The struggle for power and leadership within the country jeopardized the chances of peaceful economic development. The intermittant warfare injected discontinuity into the economic growth and placed some constraint on a lasting economic development. When peace was restored at the end of the century, and British rule was introduced, Ibadan and the rest of the Yoruba country were poised for rapid economic development. Notes, summary.