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The Anglo-African Commonwealth - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080122533, 9781483160382

The Anglo-African Commonwealth

1st Edition

Political Friction and Cultural Fusion

Author: Ali A. Mazrui
Editors: Kenneth Bradley D. Taylor
eBook ISBN: 9781483160382
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1967
Page Count: 172
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The Anglo-African Commonwealth: Political Friction and Cultural Fusion deals with political friction and cultural fusion in the Anglo-African Commonwealth. Topics covered range from the history and politics of the Anglo-African Commonwealth as well as culture and thought, with emphasis on the Rhodesian problem and the Kenyan precedent, as well as the European Economic Community and the British legacy in Africa. The royal theme in African nationalism and the place of William Shakespeare in African political thought are also discussed. Comprised of eight chapters, this book begins with an analysis of the influence of Britain and of nationalism in Asia on the development of African resistance to colonial rule. It then examines the growth of African influence in the Conmmonwealth and some of the issues involved in the Rhodesian problem, along with Kenya's background of powerful white settlers. Subsequent chapters explore the development of the European Economic Community and its implications for Commonwealth Africa; Anglo-African self-conceptions, paying particular attention to the pre-eminent characteristic which the Africans and the British attribute to themselves; and the impact of the English language and English literature on African nationalism. The final chapter offers a reading of Julius Nyerere's translation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar into Swahili and its significance both for Swahili literature and for African politics at large. This monograph will appeal to historians and political scientists.

Table of Contents


Britain's Third Commonwealth: An Introduction

Section I History and Politics

1 John Locke and Mahatma Gandhi in African Resistance

2 The African "Conquest" of the British Commonwealth

3 The Rhodesian Problem and the Kenyan Precedent

4 The European Economic Community and the British Legacy in Africa

Section II Culture and Thought

5 Romantic Self-Images: British and African

6 The Royal Theme in African Nationalism

7 Shakespeare in African Political Thought

8 The African Symbolism of Fulius Caesar

Section III Appendices

Appendix I The Lure of Commonwealth Membership

Appendix II Race and the Commonwealth

Appendix III Retreat from Westminster

Appendix IV Residual Pax Britannica in Africa

Appendix V Pan-Africanism and the Commonwealth: Are they in Conflict?

Appendix VI The English Language in African Politics

Appendix VII The English Language in African Culture



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About the Author

Ali A. Mazrui

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Kenneth Bradley

D. Taylor

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