Jeffrey Ahlman, "Ghana: A Political and Social History" (Zed Books, 2023)


Over the last two decades, historians have steadily moved away from writing longue durée national histories. Especially in the wake of the global history wave, national histories can seem decidedly 20th century. But what if you’re asked to take up that task, and you accept the challenge? Today, I’m discussing that question with a historian who has grappled with what it means to write a national history in 2024. My guest, Jeffrey Ahlman, is here to discuss his new book, Ghana: A Political and Social History (Zed Books, 2024). The book asks what it means, and what it has meant, to be Ghanaian over the past two centuries, arguing that the concept of the Ghanian nation is very much a moving target.

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Elisa Prosperetti

Elisa Prosperetti is an Assistant Professor in International History at the National Institute of Education in Singapore. Her research focuses on the connected histories of education and development in postcolonial West Africa. Contact her at here.

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