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Each family seeks to care for and increase its cattle holdings. Among the N uer, breeding and raising cattle provides one path to prosperity. Theft offers another. Each property owner could make himself better off by stealing the cattle of others. And every indication is that the N uer are tempted to do so. They certainly raid the cattle holdings of neighboring tribes; thus, EvansPritchard writes, the Nuer "gladly risk their lives to ... pillage [the cattle of] their neighbors" (1940, 16). The strength of their desire to steal is suggested by Evans-Pritchard when he recounts: "As my Nuer servant once said to me: 'You can trust a Nuer with any amount of money, pounds and pounds and pounds, and go away for years and return and he will not have stolen it; but a single cow that is a different matter" (1940, 49).
I . abJJ-Greated a governan~e structure t regulate the flow of traffic,: from inland, through the port, and thence overseas. By act of the Kenyan Parliament, they had formed a corporation that vested the management of the port in an executive who could hire and fire managers and deputies and who possessed the power to order, to discipline, and to fine, and thus to govern the flow of goods through the facility. In response to the econo1nic opportunities offered by the demand for tropical products in the Northern Hemisphere, then, investors had created in East Africa a productive economic organization and the state had delegated to its management the power to govern its activities.
The great series of campaigns launched in Aquitaine, Brittany, and Normandy after 1341," it is said, became a "'joint-stock' enterprise" in which resources were ventured in expectation of subsequent shares (Ormrod 1990, 103 ). In search of revenues with which to finance their military ventures, monarchs also tapped the income generated on their own lands. They sold timber from their forests; grazed livestock and grew grain; and excavated minerals from beneath their farms. They recruited and settled tenants on their domains, hired estate managers and supervisors; and, by collecting dues and fees, extracted income from the royal demesne.