Table of contents for How societies are born : governance in West Central Africa before 1600 / Jan Vansina.

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List of Illustrations 
Conventions on Spelling and Citing Dates 
	Constructing a History 
	The Stage 
Part I 
1. Preludes 
	LateStone Age Foragers 
	Of Pots, Fields, and Flocks 
	Proto-Njila Speakers and Their Society 
The Dissemination of the Njila Languages and Its
	Toward the Formation of West Central Africa 
2. Early Village Societies, 700-1000 
	Bovine Cattle 
	Overarching Institutions: Corporate Matrilineages and
Dispersed Matriclans 
	Becoming Food Producers 
Part II 
3. Of Water, Cattle, and Kings 
	Cattle Nomads and Their Societies 
	History, Environment, and Collective Imagination 
4. Of Courts and Titleholders 
	Feti: An Angolan Zimbabwe? 
	Principalities on the Planalto 
	An Inner African Frontier 
	In and Around the Lower Cuanza Basin 
	Jaga Marauders and Their Government 
	Ladders of Power and the Dynamics of Centralization 
5. Of Masks and Governance 
	Villages, Vicinages, and Sodalities 
	Collective Government 
	Local Leaders, Chiefs, and Palavers 
	From Vicinage to Dynastic Web 
	The Rund Kingdom and the Lunda Commonwealth 
	Environment and Collective Imagination 
6. A Coming Together 
	Collective Imagination, Tradition, and the Dynamics of
Appendix: The Njila Group of Languages 
	I. The Njila Group of Languages 
	II. Composition and Internal Structure 
	III. Links to Other Units and Points of Origin 
	IV. Later Language History 
	V. Chronology 

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Africa, Sub-Saharan Politics and government, Africa, Central Politics and government, Tribal government Africa, Sub-Saharan, Tribal government Africa, Central, Political anthropology Africa, Sub-Saharan, Political anthropology Africa, Central