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


This chapter introduces the book by first highlighting Ghana’s importance in the African independence process and then Nkrumah’s efforts for creating a continental network of Pan-African-aligned nationalist parties, with the final aim of constructing the United States of Africa. Then, the chapter introduces the main concepts of Nkrumaism and particularly the basis of Ghana’s Pan-African foreign policy. As shown in the chapter, the Ghanaians sought to influence African liberation movements ideologically through the support given by the Bureau of African Affairs, the African Affairs Centre and the Kwame Nkrumah Ideological Institute. Ample space is given to a thorough analysis of the historiographical nodes that makes this study necessary not only for the study of Ghanaian history but for that of African nationalism and Pan-Africanism at a continental level.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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