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Title:The Ilorin economy in the 19th century
Author:Banwo, Adeyinka O.ISNI
Periodical:The Nigerian Journal of Economic History
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Ilorin polity
political economy
economic history
Abstract:The nature of the Ilorin economy contributed positively to the development of Ilorin as a major power in Yorubaland, Nigeria, in the 19th century. By the 1860s, the productive and exchange sectors of the economy had attained a considerable level of cohesion and development. The volume of goods entering the city had also increased tremendously. The aristocracy, which exercised considerable influence over the economy and politics of the region, had consolidated, and intensified its efforts to maximize appropriated surpluses, while the producing classes struggled to retain a considerable part of those surpluses. Surplus appropriation also created tension within the ruling elite. This ultimately led to conflicts and a contest for power amongst factions of the aristocracy. Economic motive also became increasingly apparent in the transnational diplomatic manoeuvrings of the emirate from the second half of the 19th century onward. Ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]