Nkrumaism and African Nationalism

Ghana’s Pan-African Foreign Policy in the Age of Decolonization

  • Matteo Grilli

Part of the African Histories and Modernities book series (AHAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Matteo Grilli
    Pages 1-31
  3. Matteo Grilli
    Pages 109-163
  4. Matteo Grilli
    Pages 165-211
  5. Matteo Grilli
    Pages 213-260
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 333-366

About this book


This book examines Ghana’s Pan-African foreign policy during Nkrumah’s rule, investigating how Ghanaians sought to influence the ideologies of African liberation movements through the Bureau of African Affairs, the African Affairs Centre and the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute. In a world of competing ideologies, when African nationalism was taking shape through trial and error, Nkrumah offered Nkrumaism as a truly African answer to colonialism, neo-colonialism and the rapacity of the Cold War powers. Although virtually no liberation movement followed the precepts of Nkrumaism to the letter, many adapted the principles and organizational methods learnt in Ghana to their own struggles. Drawing upon a significant set of primary sources and on oral testimonies from Ghanaian civil servants, politicians and diplomats as well as African freedom fighters, this book offers new angles for understanding the history of the Cold War, national liberation and nation-building in Africa. 


Nkrumah President Kwame Nkrumah history of Ghana socialist policies in West Africa Pan-Africanist foreign policy Ghanaian history Pan-Africanism African nationalism African liberation movements Nkrumah and Padmore 1945 Pan-African conference George Padmore the Bureau of African Affairs the African Affairs Centre Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute of Winneba

Authors and affiliations

  • Matteo Grilli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of the Free StateBloemfonteinSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-91324-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-91325-4
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