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Tony Chafer and Alexander Keese

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089305

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.001.0001

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A vocation for independence: Guinean nationalism in the 1950s

A vocation for independence: Guinean nationalism in the 1950s

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Francophone Africa at fifty

Mairi MacDonald

Manchester University Press

Mairi MacDonald addresses one of the most spectacular cases of a post-independence break with the Franco-African links and networks. In Guinea-Conakry, territorial leader Sékou Touré refused, already in 1958, to participate in Charles de Gaulle’s French Community project, and accepted French economic ‘punishment’ instead of entering into the forms of collaboration chosen by many of Guinea’s neighbours. However, the author shows the ambivalence behind a façade of an apparently clear case. MacDonald analyses the expectations that Sékou Touré and other Guinean nationalist leaders had of France in the 1950s, and sets them in contrast with the experiences of the postcolonial years. This discussion includes an interpretation of the shifting attitudes taken by Sékou Touré towards the French after 1960, between attempts at reconciliation and accusations of conspiracy and espionage.

Keywords:   Post-independence, Guinea-Conakry, France, Postcolonial

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