Kwame Nkrumah: Cold war modernity, pan-African ideology and the geopolitics of development

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Abstract

This article analyses the development practices and foreign relations of Kwame Nkrumah during his nine-year regime as Ghana's first post-independence leader. It reinterprets Nkrumah's policies by situating them historically with the emergence of post-war global development discourses and geopolitically on the Third World battlefield of the Cold War. Nkrumah utilised his position at the crossroads of multiple modernities to implement a pan-African ideology. Nkrumah's ideology and policy point to a more globalised politics that emphasised supranational goals over national interest. However, these same shifts that marked his influence on the social imaginary were also limited by the political possibilities of his time. This new exploration of the contradiction of Nkrumah's rule has important implications for new global movements and organisations seeking to go beyond the nation-state framework. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Geopolitics is the property of Routledge and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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