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“Professional sentimentalists”: Internecine conflicts in the emergent Gold Coast

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This paper examines conflictual relationships among British members of the Gold Coast administration. It adds to the literature that problematizes earlier notions of colonialism by highlighting tensions and contradictions inherent in colonial governance structures. This paper argues that at its inception, the Gold Coast colonial administration had deep cracks as a result of personal and interest group conflicts, as well as policy incoherence between the War and Colonial Office in England and the local administration. These contradictions in the colonial structure provided an avenue by which the Gold Coast elite influenced the character and policy direction of the colonial state from its inception.

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