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The African dimension to the anti-federation struggle, ca. 1950-53: "it has united us far more closely than any other question would have accomplished"

Power, Rob (2021) The African dimension to the anti-federation struggle, ca. 1950-53: "it has united us far more closely than any other question would have accomplished". Itinerario, 45 (2). 304 - 324. ISSN 0165-1153

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0165115321000188

Abstract

The documentary record of African opposition to the CAF (Central African Federation) has been the subject of renewed historiographical interest in recent years.2 This paper seeks to contribute to the existing debate in three principle ways. Firstly, it will show that opposition to the scheme was fatally undermined by the pursuits of two very distinct strands of NAC (Nyasaland African Congress) and ANC (African National Congress) political activism. In the second instance, it will show that this dissimilar political discourse produced contradictions that resulted in bypassing African objections. Thirdly, the paper will go a step farther, suggesting that the two respective anti-Federation campaigns not only undermined the efforts of both Congress parties to stop federation, but laid the path for future discord in the national dispensation then materialising.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/itinerario
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2021 13:33
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:21
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111025

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