The Political and Social Thought of Kwame Nkrumah

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byAma Biney

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Kwame Nkrumah remains a towering figure in African history. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent campaign of civil disobedience, he led what is now the nation of Ghana to independence in 1957. Nkrumah made Ghana a beacon of hope for not only Ghanaians but also people of African descent throughout the world. Perhaps no other African leader of the 1950s and 1960s personified the dreams, principles, and aspirations of this era. This thoroughgoing analysis of Nkrumah’s political, social, and economic thought centers on his own writings, and reexamines his life and thought by focusing on the political discourses and controversies surrounding him.

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Kwame Nkrumah remains a towering figure in African history. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent campaign of civil disobedience, he led what is now the nation of Ghana to independence in 1957. Nkrumah made Ghana a beacon of hope for not only Ghanaians but also people of African descent throughout the world. Perhaps no other African...

Ama Biney is a lecturer in West African History, African American History and the History of Black People in Britain in the United Kingdom. She has over seventeen years lecturing experience and taught at Middlesex University and Birkbeck College, University of London as well as at the college level. With Adebayo Olukoshi, she co-edite...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9.64 × 6.19 × 0.73 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113346

ISBN - 13:9780230113343

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The Discourse on Nkrumah * Nkrumah’s Intellectual Influences, 1927-1945 * From Activist to Leader of the CPP * Nkrumah and the Diarchic Partnership, 1951-1957 * Nkrumah and the Opposition, 1954-1957 * Nkrumah’s Politics, 1958-1966 * Economic, Social & Cultural Policies, 1958 –1966 * Nkrumah’s Political Writings, 1958-1966        

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“This book addresses a topic that has enduring relevance, especially in the context of the current discussion about the importance of leadership in helping to shape the destinies of countries both in Africa and elsewhere. Ama Biney has done a masterful work in analyzing an important issue, as reflected in the garnering of evidence, the demonstration of analytical rigor and balance, and thorough and comprehensive analysis.”—George Kieh, Professor of Political Science, University of West Georgia“This book is a tour de force. The writing is lively, compelling and enlightening. This work is easily among the best books I have ever read on Kwame Nkrumah.”—Judson L. Jeffries, Professor, Department of African American and African Studies, The Ohio State University and author of Huey P. Newton: The Radical Theorist“My satisfaction with this work lies in the quality of the research and the author’s ability to engage in objective analysis of the political and social thoughts of such a political leader as Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana.  This work by Ama Biney is a significant and positive contribution to the literature on the history of African political leadership.”—David Owusu-Ansah, Professor of History, James Madison University