Murder and Politics in Colonial Ghana

June 23, 1993|
Murder and Politics in Colonial Ghana by Richard Rathbone
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In 1943, a murder was committed in a large African kingdom in the south of Ghana, then a colony of Great Britain. Palace officials and close kin of a recently deceased king had reputedly killed one of his chiefs in order to smooth the king's passage into the afterlife. This riveting study tells the story of the murder, the trials and appeals of those accused of the crime, and the impact of the case on politics in Ghana and Great Britain. In recounting this intriguing story, the book also provides important insights into law and politics in the colonial Gold Coast, the clash between traditional and modern values, and the nature of African monarchy in the colonial period. Drawing on newly available oral and written evidence from Ghana and Britain, Richard Rathbone builds a detailed picture of the leading characters in the case, as well as of the thirty-year rule of Nana Ofori Atta, the king. He shows how the death of the king destroyed the economic, social, and moral fabric of the kingdom, and how this destruction was further exacerbated by legal proceedings resulti
Title:Murder and Politics in Colonial GhanaFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 inShipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 0.98 inPublished:June 23, 1993Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300055048

ISBN - 13:9780300055047

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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