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The Lions of Dagbon
Political Change in Northern Ghana


Part of African Studies

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521101431

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  • The political conflict that has taken the most violent form and proved costliest in human lives in Ghana in the last half century has been a chieftaincy dispute in the northern kingdom of Dagomba, known as the Yendi skin dispute. The major loss of life took puce in 1969 but the dispute has continued to trouble Ghanaian politics and has affected the careers of national leaders under both civilian and military regimes. It is one of the most complex, explosive and intractable disputes in a country noted for conflicts over chieftaincy. Mr Staniland examines the political history of Dagomba, one of the most important pre-colonial states in what is now Ghana, from its partition between the British and the Germans in 1899. He analyses the attitudes and policies of successive governments towards chieftaincy and `traditionalism', and the effects which outside control has had on dynastic politics.

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    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521101431
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The country and the people
    2. Dagbon
    3. Colonial rule 1899–1930
    4. Dagomba divided and united, 1899–1930
    5. The Battle of Watherston Road
    6. Dagomba politics under indirect rule, 1932–1947
    7. Votibu
    8. Party Politics
    9. The Yendi tragedy
    10. Conclusions.

  • Author

    Martin Staniland, University of Glasgow

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