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Title:'God of Independence, God of Peace': Village Politics and Nationalism in the Maquis of Cameroon, 1957-71
Author:Terretta, Meredith
Periodical:The Journal of African History
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:national liberation struggles
Union des Populations du Cameroun
biographies (form)
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
About person:Jean Djonteu (c. 1916 -)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4100830
Abstract:The story of freedom fighter Jean Djonteu provides a new approach to the history of Union des populations du Cameroun (UPC) nationalism in the Grassfields and Mungo regions of Cameroon. Within the context of Baham, his village of origin, Djonteu's actions and tracts reveal his politico-spiritual reasons for joining the UPC militia in its revolutionary fight against Franco-Cameroonian state administration. UPC nationalism and village political culture formed a hybrid of political ideologies, or a 'village nationalism' articulating UPC anticolonialism with Grassfields political concepts of nation and sovereignty that predated European occupation. As this articulation disintegrated, Grassfields populations disengaged from state politics and turned inwards towards village political culture and spirituality rekindled by popular involvement in the UPC nationalist movement. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]