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Did the Obas of Benin really rule through superstition and fear?

This enquiry focuses on challenging the typical view of the Obas of Benin:  they were only able to be successful by ruling through fear and superstition.

Students are encouraged to tackle this view by analysing a number of important clues.

Next, a close examination of accounts written at the time helps them to understand how later writers/historians might have reached their own, possibly flawed judgements.

An end task gives students the chance to flex their own historical muscles and improve upon a dodgy account of power in the Kingdom of Benin.

The enquiry tackles a number of widespread misconceptions about the history of Benin (and of Africa more broadly), using a sound historical process to exemplify the ways in which we might go about deconstructing flawed accounts of the past.

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