The History of Ghana (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 331 pages
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Gocking provides a historical overview of Ghana from the emergence of precolonial states through increasing contact with Europeans that led to the establishment of formal colonial rule by Great Britian at the end of the 19th century. Colonial rule transformed what was known as the Gold Coast economically, socially, and politically, but it contained the seeds of its own demise. After World War II an increasingly more effective nationalist movement challenged British rule, and in 1957 Ghana became independent. Independence brought its own challenges the most important of which was the inability to maintain political stability. Within the space of 24 years there were four military coups and the collapse of three republics. Ghana's Fourth Republic, established in 1993, has dealt with the legacy of instability inherited from the past as it moves towards a more stable future.
  

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Contents

Ghana in Perspective
1
2 Precolonial States and Societies
17
3 Colonial Rule
37
4 Politics and Protest in the Model Colony
51
5 The Model Colony at War and the Aftermath
75
6 The Convention Peoples Party and the Road to Independence
91
The Nkrumah Years
115
A photo essay
146
10 The Third Republic and the PNDC
185
199397
217
19972001
237
20014
257
Moving Forward Looking Backward
279
Notable People in the History of Ghana
285
Selected Bibliography
299
Index
311

8 From Military Coup to Second Republic
147
9 Return of the Soldiers
165

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About the author (2005)

Gocking is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Third World Studies Committee in the Department of Civic and Cultural Studies at Mercy College.

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