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The History of Ghana

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Provides an overview of the political, social, and cultural development of Ghana from precolonial times to the present.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments List of Abbreviations List of Photographs Timeline of Historical Events Introduction: Ghana in Perspective Precolonial States and Societies Colonial Rule Politics and Protest in the Model Colony The Model Colony at War and the Aftermath The Convention People's Party and the Road to Independence Independence: The Nkrumah Years From Military Coup to Second Republic Return of the Soldiers The Third Republic and the PNDC The First NDC Administration: 1993-1997 The Second NDC Administration: 1997-2001 The NPP in Power: 2001-2004 Epilogue: Moving Forward Looking Backwards Notable People in the History of Ghana Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Roger S. Gocking is a Professor in the Civic and Cultural Studies Department at Mercy College. His main area of specialization is African colonial history with a focus on Ghana, West Africa. He has authored Facing Two Ways: Ghana's Coastal Communities Under Colonial Rule.


"[A] balanced and complex narrative that gives readersa sense of both continuity and transformation in Ghanaian history....[t]his text will become a standard reference for a student planning to study modern Ghanaian history, and as a reference for scholars it is superior to previous works." - Africa News "Few other books on Africa allow such depth and detail for Ghana, making History of Ghana an important survey which many will find intriguing." - Midwest Book Review "A specialist in African colonial history and especially Ghana, Gocking offers non- specialist students and general readers a concise history of the West African country. The first third covers the emergence of early precolonial states, the increasing contact with Europeans, and colonial rule to the end of the 19th century. The rest focuses on the struggle for independence and the challenges that Ghana has faced through 1994." - Reference & Research Book News "The History of Ghana is in the series Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations. It is an historical overview - the kind that every library needs as basic, general academic research material....The first section of the book covers the beginnings of pre-Colonial statehood in the area of West Africa that would become Ghana. It discusses the interactions with various European Colonial powers and the creation of the Gold Coast - a colonial system designed to exploit the resources of the area. Those resources included gold and slaves. The book then continues with the struggles for independence that wracked all of Western Africa in the 20th century, and the struggles and problems faced by Ghana since gaining independence from Great Britain in 1957. The book is recommended for collections in African history, but also as a valuable asset to any basic library reference collection." - Academia "[T]his volume is quite comprehensive, spanning the history of Ghana from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century. It also provides a thorough treatment of specific political and economic themes in the contemporary history of Ghana....Roger Gocking does not paint the history of Ghana in broad simple strokes. Rather, he seamlessly navigates Ghana's complex political history of colonialism, nationalist movements, independent republics, and military coups....This volume also succeeds in presenting the history of Ghana not as the isolated history of a British colonial outpost but as an integral part of world history....[A] welcome contribution to the growing list of works that seek to take African history beyond the confines of university and college curricula to a broader audience." - African Studies Review

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