In this lecture and conversation we will explore the reigns of the early Asante monarchs through the writings of the great Ghanaian historian, Carl Christian Reindorf, to discover the key principles of Asante moral and political philosophy.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, the Asante Empire became one of the most formidable in the world, stretching its administration across the area we know as modern day Ghana, while stretching its cultural influence even further across the peninsula and into the Americas.
What does it mean to be a good monarch? What responsibility do leaders have to develop the material and cultural wealth of the nation? How does a monarch rule effectively and justly? These are just some of the ideas we will explore in early Asante political history.