Author's preface; Editor's preface; Part I. The People, Country, and the Language: 1. Origin and early history; 2. The origin of the tribes; 3. Religion; 4. Government; 5. Yoruba names; 6. Yoruba towns and villages; 7. The principles of land law; 8. Manners and customs; Part II; Section 1. First Period - Mythological Kings and Deified Heroes: 1. The founders of the Yoruba nation; Section 2. Second Period - Growth, Prosperity and Oppression: 2. Historical kings; 3. The kings of Oyo Igboho; 4. A succession of despotic kings; 5. Bosorun Gaha and his atrocities and Abiodun's peaceful reign; Third Period - Revolutionary Wars and Disruption: 6. The revolution; 7. The rise of the Fulanis to power; 8. Consequences of the revolution; 9. Further development of the anarchy; 10. Spread of the anarchy; 11. The revolution in the Epo districts; 12. Wars for the consolidation and balance of power; 13. The last of Katunga; 14. The interregnum; Section 3. Fourth Period - Arrest of Disintegration. Inter-tribal Wars. British Protectorate: 15. The new city, new government, Ilorin checked; 16. Fratricidal wars; 17. Subjugation of the Ijesas and Ekiti's social reforms; 18. A glorious end and a gory dawn of two reigns; 19. Sequels to the Ijaye war; 20. The close and the opening careers of two heroes; 21. Two administrations of opposite policies; 22. A new reign and evil prognostication; 23. The commencement of the 16 Years' War; 24. Conflicts in the north; 25. Ibadan at its extremity; 26. Failures at reconciliation; 27. A rift in the cloud; 28. The Rev. J. B. wood and the A.O.K.; 29. The intervention of the British government; 30. Dispersal of the combatants by special commissioners; 31. Disturbance in every part of the country; 32. Abortive measures to terminate the war; 33. The dark before the dawn; 34. The end of the war; 35. The establishment of the British Protectorate; Appendices; Index.
The first published account and standard reference for the history of the Yoruba people of Nigeria, first published in 1921.