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Title:Contrasting Aspects of African Decolonisation Processes and Missions in West and Southern Africa: Ghana and Angola as Case Studies
Author:Verstraelen, Frans J.
Year:2002
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Volume:29
Issue:1
Pages:38-59
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
Angola
Africa
Great Britain
Portugal
Subjects:Church and State
decolonization
colonialism
independence
History and Exploration
Politics and Government
Religion and Witchcraft
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
religion
missions
Missionaries
nationalism
Abstract:Focusing on the period beginning with the colonial occupation at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century up to 1992, this paper examines the decolonization processes in Ghana, a British colony, and the Portuguese colony Angola, with particular attention for the role of churches and missions in the movement towards independence. It looks, amongst others, at, British and Portuguese colonial policies; the influence of the churches on nationbuilding; and church-State relations. Indirectly, Christian missions very much influenced the process towards political independence in both countries, not only through their education, but also through the propagation of a Christian world view and ethos. In their criticism of the first independence governments in both Ghana and Angola, however, the churches were not always sensitive to the immense problems which governments faced in trying to reconstruct their newly independent countries: Christian churches were alarmed by the choice of Marxist socialism by the Nkrumah and Neto governments. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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