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Title Nkrumah & the chiefs : the politics of chieftaincy in Ghana, 1951-60 / Richard Rathbone.
Author Rathbone, Richard.
Publication Accra, Ghana : F. Reimmer ; Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2000.
Description xi, 176 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Call # 966.7051 R
Series Western African studies
Western African studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-168) and index.
Summary "Between 1951 and the creation of the First Republic in 1960, Ghanaian governments sought to discard the chiefly principle in local government, then to weaken chieftaincy by attrition and eventually, by altering the legal basis of chieftaincy, to incorporate and control a considerably altered chieftaincy. The book demonstrates that chieftaincy was consciously and systematically reconstructed in the decade of the 1950s with implications which can still be felt in modern Ghana"--Dust jacket.
"Kwame Nkrumah's Convention Peoples' Party was committed not only to the rapid termination of British colonial rule but also to the elimination of the chiefly power. This book is an account of Kwame Nkrumah and his government's long struggle to wrest administrative control of the Ghanaian countryside from the chiefs. Based largely upon previously unstudied documentation in Ghana, this study charts the government's frustrated attempts to democratize local government and the long and bitter campaigns mounted by many southern chiefs to resist their political marginalization"--Back page of paperback book.
Contents Introduction -- Colonial rule & the chiefs -- The politics of modernizing local government -- The erosion of chiefly jurisdiction -- The fusion of local & national politics -- The politics of polarization -- Independence & the chiefs -- Crushing the chiefs -- Controlling the chiefs -- Making & unmaking the chiefs -- 'Loyal co-operation with the government' -- Conclusions.
Subject Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972.
Convention People's Party (Ghana) -- History.
Nkrumah, Kwame, 1909-1972. (OCoLC)fst00037593
Ghana -- Politics and government.
Convention People's Party (Ghana) (OCoLC)fst00613617
Ghana -- Politics and government -- 1957-1979.
Local government -- Ghana -- History -- 20th century.
Chiefdoms -- Ghana -- History -- 20th century.
Tribal government -- Ghana -- History -- 20th century.
Chiefdoms. (OCoLC)fst00854199
Local government. (OCoLC)fst01001300
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Tribal government. (OCoLC)fst01156472
Ghana. (OCoLC)fst01208741
1900-1999
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Alt Title Nkrumah and the chiefs
Related To Online version: Rathbone, Richard. Nkrumah & the chiefs. Accra, Ghana : F. Reimmer ; Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, 2000 (OCoLC)607468685
ISBN 0821413066 (pbk.) :
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0821413058 (hbk.)
9780821413050 (hbk.)
085255771X (James Currey ; hbk.)
9780852557716 (James Currey ; hbk.)
0852557701 (James Currey ; pbk.)
9780852557709 (James Currey ; pbk.)

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