Ghana, the former British West African colony of the Gold Coast, is known for its rich agricultural, mineral, and petroleum resources. Ghana has made tremendous strides in all areas of life and has become the gateway to West Africa, if not all of Africa. Observers now cite the country’s achievement of economic recovery, political stability, and democratized governance as an example worthy of emulation by other African countries.
Historical Dictionary of Ghana, Fifth Edition contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has more than 900 cross-referenced entries on important personalities as well as aspects of the country’s politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent resource for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Ghana.
Edmund Abaka is associate professor of African history at the University of Miami, where he has been teaching for more than two decades. He was Director of Africana Studies from 2004-2014 and is now a Research Fellow of the Global Centre for Black Studies at the same University. He has written several books including Africa and the Second World War: Africa’s “Finest Hour”? (2022). He has contributed many chapters on North Africa, Portuguese Africa, African youth in Ethiopia, Ghana and Libya, and articles on kola and sites of historical memory. He is also the editor of Abibisem: Journal of African Culture and Civilization, which is based at the Department of History, University of Cape Coast.
David Owusu-Ansah is professor of African history at James Madison University, where he has been teaching for more than two decades. His book publications include the Islamic Talismanic Tradition in Nineteenth Century Asante (1991), and Islamic Learning, the State and the Challenges of Education in Ghana (2013, with Abdulai Iddrisu and Mark Sey). He has contributed many secularly articles and chapters on Islam and the political history of Ghana. He authored the second and third editions of the Historical Dictionary of Ghana.
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