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31 19.–21. Jahrhundert www.steiner-verlag.de HMRG Geschichte historische mi Franz Steiner Verlag Franz Steiner Verlag t te i lungen – be ihe f t 96 Kwame Nkrumah 1909–1972 A Controversial African Visionary Edited by Bea Lundt and Christoph Marx to achieve independence. Nkrumah, the and in London he ambitious projects in technological development 1966 he was overthrown in exile in 1972. society and in other controversy. Was dictator? This volume Germany, and investigate the new light on the questions of evaluation research and distance Nkrumah. Bea Lundt / Christoph Marx Kwame Nkrumah 1909–1972 ISBN 978-3-515-11572-8 The Editors Bea Lundt, Professor emerita of Mediaeval History and Didactics of History at the European University of Flensburg, Guest Professor at the University of Education in Winneba (Ghana), has cooperated with West African countries in both research and teaching since 2009. Christoph Marx, Professor of Non- European History at the University of Duisburg-Essen has African history as his research focus. 2016 208 Seiten mit 21 s/w-Fotos € 44,– 978-3-515-11575-9 e-book 978-3-515-11572-8 kartoniert Bea Lundt / Christoph Marx (ed.) Kwame Nkrumah 1909–1972 A Controversial African Visionary HISTORISCHE MITTEILUNGEN - BEIHEFT 96 In 1957, Ghana was the first sub-Saharan country in Africa to achieve independence. The key African figure in this process was Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of the new state. Having studied in the USA and in London he was influenced by socialist and pan-African ideals. His ambitious projects in the fields of education and scientific as well as technological development provided an example for other former colonies. But in 1966 he was overthrown by a military coup supported by the USA and died in exile in 1972. Fifty years later, his memory is omnipresent in Ghanaian society and in other African countries. Still, his achievements are a subject of controversy. Was he a hero of the anti-colonial struggle or an authoritarian dictator? This volume presents chapters by researchers from Ghana, Austria, Germany, and the USA. They analyse the visionary politics of Nkrumah, investigate the reasons for the growing protest against his rule and shed new light on the background of the coup. The last part is dedicated to questions of evaluation and memory. Fifty years after his fall from power, new research and distance from the events allow for a more balanced judgment of Nkrumah. Contributors Arno Sonderegger / Kofi Darkwah / Cyrelene Amoah– Boampong / Kwame Osei Kwarteng & Mary Owusu / Nana Yaw B. Sapong / Samuel Aniegye Ntewusu / Jonathan Otto Pohl / Felix Müller / Carola Lentz / Harcourt Fuller


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