Articles & Chapters 1990 to date

ARTICLES in refereed journals, CHAPTERS in edited volumes and published papers.


‘Juggling detachment and empathy; the joys and discomforts of dealing with the oral witness of the living.’ Ghana Studies.. Vol 24. pp 3-17.


‘A concatenation of rumour’ a discussion with Nana Oforiatta Ayim recorded on 29th April 2021 as part of the programme of the Oxford Research Centre in the humanities.


‘The Berlin Conference’ (with Richard Drayton and Joanna Lewis), in Melvyn Bragg and Simon Tillotson (eds) In our time; celebrating twenty years of essential conversation. Simon and Schuster (UK), London.ISBN 978-1-4711-7448-3. pp 58-65.


Memory as theatre; using a Ghanaian ritual to recall past greatness and redress recent reversals in Bjorn Weiler and Peter Lambert (eds) How the past was used; historical cultures, c.750-2000. OUP/ British Academy, ISBN 978-0-19721612-0.


‘The Convention People's Party (CPP) in Ghana; late 1950s to the 1970s.; mobilization for transformation’ in Alf Ludtke (ed) Everyday life in mass disctatorship; collusion and evasion. Palgrave/Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 978-1-13744276-5. and ii)


‘African biography’ in Contemporary Review, vol. 293, no.1702, pp. 336-345.


‘Law, politics and inference’ in Recasting the past; history writing and political work in modern Africa. Derek R. Peterson and Giacomo Macola (eds). Athens Ohio, Ohio University Press, ISBN: 978-0-8214-1878-9. pp.113-125,

“ ‘Casting the Kingdome into another mold’; Ghana’s troubled transition to independence” in The iconography of independence; ‘Freedoms at midnight’. Robert Holland, Susan Williams and Terry Barringer (eds). � Oxford, Routledge. ISBN10:0-415-55145-5. pp 57-71.


‘Law, politics and analogy in Akan historiography.’ in Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 36, issue 3. pp 473-486.

‘Casting “the kingdome into another mold”; Ghana’s troubled transition to independence.’in The Round Table, vol. 97, issue no. 398. pp 705-718.


‘Things fall apart: the erosion of local government, local justice and Civil Rights in Ghana, 1955-60.’ in The British Empire in the 1950s; retreat or revival. Martin Lynn (ed). Palgrave/Macmillan, Basingstoke ISBN 978-1-4039-3226-6 pp122-144


‘World War I and Africa; an introduction.’ in The international library of essays on military history: World War I. Michael Neiberg (ed). Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 0 7546 2477 3, pp. 567-577.

‘Dr J.B.Danquah’, ‘ Kwame Nkrumah’, ‘R.S.Rattray’ ‘K.A.Busia’, and ‘J.E.Casely-Hayford’, all in New National Dictionary of National Biography. OUP. Oxford.

‘West Africa 1874-1948:employment legislation in a non-settler peasant economy.’ in Paul Craven and Douglas (eds) Masters, Servants and magistrates in Britain and the Empire, 1562-1955. University of North Carolina Press. Chapel Hill. ISBN 0-8078-2877-7. pp. 481-498


‘West Africa: modernity and modernization’ in Heike Schmidt and Jan-Georg Deutsch (eds) African modernities. Heinemann/ James Currey. ISBN 0-325-07120-9 and 0-325-07121-7


‘Preface’ to Gold Coast Diaries; chronicles of political officers in West Africa edited by Thelma Wilson and Anthony Kirk-Greene. London, the Radcliffe Press. ISBN. 1-86064-451-1. Pp.x-xvi.


‘The transfer of power and colonial civil servants in Ghana’ in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. Vol.28 no.2. Pp.67-85.

‘Peter Abrahams’ A wreath for Udomo’ in Jean Hay (ed) African novels in the classroom. Lyn Rienner, Boulder, Colorado. ISBN 1-55587-853-9 and 1-55587-878-4. pp.11-25.

‘The fate of natural rulers under nationalist governments’ in The Transactions of the Royal Historical Society. Sixth series, IX. pp.45-63.

‘Colonial Service and the transfer of power in Ghana’ in John Smith (ed) Administering Empire; the British Colonial Service in retrospect. University of London Press, ISBN 0718716159. Pp.149-167

‘Native Courts, Chieftaincy and the CPP in Ghana in the 1950s’ in Journal of African Cultural Studies. Vol.13. No.1. pp.125-139.


‘Urban Africa; histories in the making.’ (with David M. Anderson). In ‘Africa's urban past’ edited by David M. Anderson and Richard Rathbone. James Currey, Oxford. ISBN 0-85255-760 and 0-85255-761-2. Pp 1-19.


‘Transferring power in Ghana; some thoughts on what the Archives might be telling us.’ in Ghana Studies. 1.1. pp.123-135.

‘Kofi Abrefa Busia’, ‘Ghanaian governments’ and ‘Africa and World War II’ in The Encyclopedia of Africa south of the Sahara. (eds) John Middleton, J.F.Ade Ajayi, Goran Hyden, Joseph C.Miller, William A.Shack and Michael Watts. Scribner, New
York. 4 vols


Rising Black Star. Ghana and Britain: forty years of independence. The British Council, London, 1997. pp.20.

Chiefs and nationalists in the Gold Coast: native courts, chieftaincy and radical political change in the Gold Coast, 1950-1960. Working Paper no 4. 1997. Basler Afrika Bibliographien. Basel, Switzerland.pp.18


‘Defining Akyemfo: the construction of citizenship in Akyem Abuakwa, Ghana, 1700-1939’. in Africa. 66.4.1966. pp.506-526.

‘The Africans.’ A review essay on John Iliffe's The Africans. (Cambridge, 1995.) Economy and Society. 25.4. pp. 559-571.

Have you heard my message to my fathers? The private consciences and public lives of two remarkable Africans. Inaugural lecture. London. ISBN 07286 0261 X. pp.15.

‘Resisting enslavement in West Africa’ in Slave trades, 1500-1800; the globalization of forced labour." P.Manning (ed). In the series An Expanding World; the European Impact on World History 1450-1800. Volume 15. (General editor A.J.R Russell-Wood). Variorum, Aldershot, Hants.. pp. 183-196. ISBN 0860785122.


‘Pan-Africanism:50 years on.’ in History Today. vol 45.10. October 1995. pp. 6-9.

‘The Gold Coast, the closing of the Atlantic Slave Trade and Africans of the Diaspora’ in Slave Cultures and the Cultures of slavery edited by Stephan Palmié. University of Tennessee Press. Knoxville. pp.39-67


Nana Sir Ofori Atta and the conservative nationalist tradition in Ghana. Boston University (USA). African Studies Working papers, no. 183. Boston. pp.13
‘ Law, lawyers and politics in Ghana in the 1940s.’ in Dagmar Engels and Shula Marks (eds) Contesting colonial hegemony: state and society in Africa and India. German Historical Institute/British Academic Press. London. 1994. pp. 226-248.


‘Some aspects of the. prehistory of the Ghanaian economy’ in The Journal Commonwealth and Comparative Politics. Vol XXXI. no.1. pp 7 -20.

‘ Police intelligence in Ghana in the late 1940s and 1950s’ in The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History Special issue on Emergencies and disorder in European Empires since 1945. edited by Robert Holland.. Vol.21. No3.pp 106-129.

‘Death and politics - West Africa in the 1940s’ in History Today Vol 43. June. pp. 43-49.


‘Political intelligence and policing in Ghana in the late 1940s and 1950s’ in David M. Anderson and David Killingray (eds). Policing and decolonisation: nationalism, politics and the police, 1917-65. Manchester University Press, Manchester. pp. 84-104.

‘Politics, families and Freemasonry in the colonial Gold Coast,’ ( with A.Casely Hayford) in J.Ade Ajayi and J.D.Y.Peel (eds) People and empires in African history; essays in memory of Michael Crowder. Longman, London. pp. 143-161.

Politics and murder: A case from west Africa in the 1940s. Boston University, (USA) African Studies Center Working Papers. No. 164. Boston. pp.30.


Politics in Ghana and politics in Ghana’ in James Mayall and Anthony Payne (eds) The fallacies of hope: the post colonial record of the Commonwealth Third World. Manchester University Press, Manchester. pp.57-72.

‘A response to ‘The youngmen and the porcupine’. in The Journal of African History Vol. 32. no. 3. pp 333-339.

‘Africa's winds of change’ in The nuclear age. Time-Life Books. Amsterdam. pp 91-111.


‘The struggle for Southern Africa’ in The pulse of enterprise. Time-Life Books. Amsterdam. pp.145-181.
‘The scramble for Africa’ in The colonial overlords. Time-Life Books. Amsterdam. pp 75-111.

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