Richard Rathbone

Richard Rathbone is professor of modern African history at University of London.

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Nkrumah & the Chiefs · The Politics of Chieftaincy in Ghana, 1951–1960
By Richard Rathbone

Kwame Nkrumah, who won independence for Ghana in 1957, was the first African statesman to achieve world recognition. Nkrumah and his movement also brought about the end of independent chieftaincy—one of the most fundamental changes in the history of Ghana. Kwame Nkrumah's Convention Peoples' Party was committed not only to the rapid termination of British colonial rule but also to the elimination of chiefly power.

“This really is a pleasure to read, in every respect. It presents very distinguished scholarship, the writing is not only clear but stylishly crafted, and the story it tells is about a major aspect of modern Ghanian political history, an aspect which has been surprisingly neglected until now.… The end of independent chieftaincy must be one of the most fundamental changes in the long-term history of Ghana.”

Gareth Austin, Senior Lecturer in the London School of Economics and Political Science