Thomas Lionel Hodgkin (Author of Nationalism In Colonial Africa)
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African nationalism is an umbrella term which refers to a group of political ideologies, mainly within Sub-Saharan Africa , which are based on the idea of national self-determination and the creation of nation states. However, the term refers to a broad range of different ideological and political movements and should not be confused with Pan-Africanism which may seek the federation of several or all nation states in Africa. Nationalist ideas in Sub-Saharan Africa emerged during the midth century among the emerging black middle classes in West Africa. Early nationalists hoped to overcome ethnic fragmentation by creating nation-states. African nationalism first emerged as a mass movement in the years after World War II as a result of wartime changes in the nature of colonial rule as well as social change in Africa itself.
After all, the birth of most independent African nations from the late '50s to mid '60s, of a field called African Studies, and of a contemporary women's movement with both intellectual and political agendas all occurred within a dozen years of each other. Like the new nations, both African Studies and the women's movement were eager to shake off the grip of mental colonialism. The "new" African history and the historians attracted to it had no ossified agenda or framework. The work at hand was to recover Africa's past, celebrate the emergence of independent Africa, and gore the sacred imperialist cows of old. Whereas women's historians interested in effecting changes in the process and production of American or European history had to fight their way onto trains that had been moving through centuries on well-worn gauges, the "new" Africanist train had barely left the station in the early '60s.