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Title:The integrative strand in British West Africa, 1868-1940
Author:Nworah, Kenneth D.
Year:1974
Periodical:Genève-Afrique: acta africana
Volume:13
Issue:1
Pages:5-22
Language:English
Geographic terms:English-speaking Africa
West Africa
Subjects:political unification
history
1850-1899
1900-1949
Abstract:Aim is to show that the current desire for West African integration, once regarded as a radical programme, is a phenomenon rooted in the tradition of educated West African idealism of over a century ago. The emergence of nationalist historiography in the wake of independence has tended to obfuscate that integrative vision which preceded the present frontiers of partition. A class of educated West Africans had, in spite of their patriotism for their immediate environment, a vision that was considerably inter-territorial: they knew each other fairly well through education, in Europe or Sierra Leone, through inter-marriage amongst themselves and through inter-colonial visits. The ease of coastal migrations on the frequent steam vessels enabled them to travel between Lagos, Cape Coast, Freetown and Bathurst. Notes.
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