The current border between Ghana and Togo is usually regarded as a classically arbitrary European construct, resisted by Ewe irredentism. Paul Nugent challenges this conventional wisdom, contending that whatever the origins of partition, border peoples quickly became knowing and active participants in the shaping of this international boundary.
This book straddles the conventional divide between social and political history. It offers a reconstruction of a long-range history of smuggling and a reappraisal of Ewe identity. It should be of interest to African historians, political scientists, anthropologists, comparative borderlands scholars and others concerned with issues of criminality, identity and the state.
North America: Ohio U Press
Introduction - the lie of the borderlands. Part I Drawing the lines - the construction of the Togoland border; tar-baby imperialism - the making & shaping of the Togoland frontier; cocoa culture - social interaction & land litigation along the Togoland frontier; display & dissimulation - the customs prevention service & smugglers along the Togoland frontier, 1920-39. Part II Filling spaces - the politics of identity along the Togoland frontier: us & them - Christianity, migrancy & chieftaincy in the remaking of identities; "imperialism is not necessarily a bad thing" - Togoland reunification, Ewe unification & Gold Coast imperialism, 1921-57. Part III Inscribing spaces - the political economy of the Ghana-Togo border since independence: the cessation of secession - the political paradox of the Ghana-Togo border; "strangers can never see all corners of the town" - land, contraband & the boundary since independence.