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British Rule and Rural Protest in Southern Ghana

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Anshan Li

Colonial rule encroached on the daily life of Africans causing great tension as well as resistance. This book, based on government documents, explores protest of the Ghanaian people through case studies: people against colonial government, commoners against chiefs, religious leaders against secular authority, and lesser local leaders against paramount Chiefs. Colonialism was a situation of paradox: protest played an important role and in most cases caused changes in colonial policy. Challenging the colonial establishments, social protest converted African commoners into political actors. This book helps us understand both African initiative and the impact of colonialism as a whole.