Economic Forms in Pre-Colonial Ghana

  title={Economic Forms in Pre-Colonial Ghana},
  author={Stephen Hymer},
  journal={The Journal of Economic History},
  pages={33 - 50}
  • S. Hymer
  • Published 1 March 1970
  • Economics, History
  • The Journal of Economic History
This paper uses a simple physiocratic model to examine forms of economic organization prevailing in Ghana before it was incorporated into the British Empire at the end of the nineteenth century. It is divided into three parts. The first analyzes the village subsistence economy and suggests that the egalitarian nature of the land-tenure system prevented the emergence of a land-owning class and the appropriation of an economic surplus. This led to an economic structure characterized by a low… 

The Decline of Rural Industry Under Export Expansion: A Comparison among Burma, Philippines, and Thailand, 1870–1938 and Economic Forms in Pre-Colonial Ghana: Comments

  • T. Morgan
  • Economics
    The Journal of Economic History
  • 1970
The Resnick paper is a report on the working out of comparative advantage in the three countries over nearly seventy years. It starts out with a model based on production possibilities curve

Living standards on the pre-colonial Gold Coast: a quantitative estimate of African laborers’ welfare ratios

This paper is an attempt to estimate living standards on the pre-colonial Gold Coast (in current-day Ghana) quantitatively, looking at the welfare ratios of indigenous laborers – in particular

Understanding Land Reform in Ghana

Land reform has become particularly prominent in development discourse in recent times. Advocates emphasize its importance for poverty reduction in underdeveloped economies. However, how reform comes

Approaches to the economic development of Ghana under colonial rule

Abstract It is remarkable that, in a time when a large part of social science is concerned with the problems of the so-called underdeveloped countries, the economic history of these countries more or

The Flag Follows Trade: Salt, Gold, Slaves and West Africa

I argue that international politics - and globalization in particular - must be understood by tracing their historical development. Many of the present phenomena of 'globalization' have their roots

The Power and Futility of Resistance

This thesis examines the practical effects of resistance to colonialism through its focus on a case-study, the Hauka movement. The Hauka movement was a religious animist cult that began in the

Underdevelopment, Modes of Production, and the State in Colonial Ghana

  • B. Grier
  • Economics
    African Studies Review
  • 1981
In a recent essay reviewing the literature on modes of production and the transition to capitalism in underdeveloped countries, Aiden Foster-Carter (1978: 72) criticizes the growing volume of Marxist

West Africa & the Rise of Asante: Rivers of (Black) Gold and the Proto-globalization of Labor

This paper examines the concept of the “external arena” and the role of the “information network” in the expansion of the world-system and absorption of new regions. I reference research on nested

Gender Fictions and Gender Tensions Involving "Traditional" Asante Market Women

This paper analyses the changing relations between organised women market traders and rulers in a West African context, from a distant past to the present. It shows how political elites have used

The appropriated state: political structure and cycles of conflict in Nigeria, 1900-1993

Three times has post colonial Nigeria tried to operate a democratic constitution; three times have these attempts generated centrifugal conflict. Defective constitu tions, inherently corrupt



The Rise of the Akwamu Empire, c. 1650-1710

Little is known of the origins of the Akwamu state. It is not until Akwamu emerges as a coastal and imperial power, in the latter half of the seventeenth century, that there commence numerous

Some Remarks on Beads and Trade in Lower Guinea in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

  • J. Fage
  • History, Economics
    The Journal of African History
  • 1962
Two recent articles by Dr Mauny, inconclusive in themselves, since in the second he withdrew his earlier claim that the material of aggrey beads might be the coral-like marine growth Allopara

Topics in West African history

It retains the clear and direct style which has made the first edition so popular with history students thrughout the world. It is an ideal single-volume introduction for all students of West African

The Question of Ghana

Opening Paragraph In recent years the question of Ghana has acquired new importance for two reasons: firstly, the recent excavations made at Koumbi Saleh in Southern Mauritania, the most probable

Essai d'interprétation du phénomène économique dans les sociétés traditionnelles d'auto-subsistance

Meillassoux Claude. Essai d'interpretation du phenomene economique dans les societes traditionnelles d'auto-subsistance. In: Cahiers d'etudes africaines, vol. 1, n°4, 1960. pp. 38-67.