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Francophone Africa at fifty$
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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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The changing boundaries of resistance: the UPC and France in Cameroonian history and memory

The changing boundaries of resistance: the UPC and France in Cameroonian history and memory

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(p.189) 12 The changing boundaries of resistance: the UPC and France in Cameroonian history and memory
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Francophone Africa at fifty
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Thomas Sharp

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089305.003.0013

Thomas Sharp elaborates on the case of the Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC), which became an underground guerilla movement in Cameroon after 1955. The UPC attempted in this period and well into the 1960s to build up an international anticolonial network, to mobilize against the structures of collusion between the Ahidjo Government and French institutions. Sharp notably offers a fresh interpretation of UPC activities between 1962 and 1966, which as a phase of the movement has not yet attracted scholarly interest. He links these experiences to the new situation of Cameroon under multi-party democracy from the 1990s, in which many opposition groups have attempted to ‘reveal’ this ‘hidden history’, as a method to secure international support for their political projects. This is especially true of secessionist Anglophone groups, whose leaders, like those of the UPC, claim to have been dispossessed of a ‘true’ independence by the continuation of neo-colonial relationships, as brutal and marginalizing practices.

Keywords:   Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC), Cameroon, guerilla movement, democracy

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