I have long been fascinated with this figure, both in terms of the substance of the man’s life and in the way he has been treated or mistreated by history, and in popular culture. He easily ranks as one of the most interesting and important African figures of the second half of the nineteenth century, and yet substantive writing on him has always been scarce, especially in terms of what’s been written for general audiences. (What a great topic for a graphic novel, a comic book series, especially Â for African audiences, for film.) I have written about him myself, briefly, in a piece of historically inspired fiction that I hope to soon publish (he is not a central figure, but rather an inspiration for more modern characters). What brought me back to the subject late in the evening, during my ongoing visit to CÃ´te d’Ivoire, was the stumbling upon this archival piece from the New York Times, which dates to 1898 – extraordinary in its own right, for what it says, and what it doesn’t. Calling TourÃ© an “African chieftain” exemplifies the casual and ever-present ways that African history and African agency have always been downplayed. The message is, the details don’t much matter. Move right along.
Anyway, with no further ado, the readings. The first two items are particularly essential. The others are listed in no particular order:
- Person, YvesÂ (1968â€“1975).Â Samori, Une rÃ©volution Dyula. 3 volumes,. Dakar: IFAN. p.Â 2377 pages.Â (review attached. This seems to be the most ambitious account of his life and era.)
- Firearms, Horses and Samorian Army Organization 1870-1898
- Martin Legassick
- The Journal of African History
- Vol. 7, No. 1 (1966), pp. 95-115 (Excellent and comprehensive on the military, including weapons supply and tactics.)
The French Conquest of Northwest Ivory Coast: The Attempt of the Rulers of Kabadugu to Control the Situation (La conquÃªte franÃ§aise dans le nord-ouest de la CÃ´te d’Ivoire. Tentatives des chefs de Kabadugu pour tirer parti de la situation)
O’Sullivan, John M
Cahiers d’Ã‰tudes Africaines, 1/1/1983, ISSN: 0008-0055, Volume 23, Issue 89/90, p. 121
|Title||L’Empereur Almamy Samori TourÃ© [microform] : grand administrateur et grand stratÃ¨ge|
|Imprint||[Conakry, Guinea : Imprimerie nationale, 1971]|
|Series||RÃ©volution dÃ©mocratique africaine ; no 48|
|Physical description||243 p. : port. ; 24 cm|
Fofana, Khalil I.
Paris, France : PreÌsence Africaine, 1998.
Lanham ; Boulder ; New York ; London : Lexington Books, 
- Boahen, A. Adu (1990).Â Africa Under Colonial Domination, 1880-1935. Berkeley: University of California Press. p.Â 357 pages.Â ISBNÂ 0-520-06702-9.
Mouckaga, Hugues, 1959-
Paris : Harmattan, c2013.
- Ajayi, J.F. Ade, ed.Â UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VI: Africa in the Nineteenth Century until the 1880s, (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989).
- Boahen, A. Adu, ed.Â UNESCO General History of Africa, Vol. VII: Africa Under Colonial Domination, 1880-1935. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985).
- Gann, L.H. and Duigan, Peter, ed.Â Colonialism in Africa, 1870â€“1960, Vol. 1: The History and Politics of Colonialism 1870-1914, (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1969).
Symposium international “Centenaire du souvenir, Almami Samori ToureÌ, 1898-1998” (1998 : Conakry, Guinea)
Conakry : EÌditions Universitaires, 2000.