Ivor Wilks

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Ivor G. Wilks (born 1928[1]) is a noted British Africanist and historian, with a specialism in Ghana.

Wilks is an authority on the Ashanti Empire in Ghana. He has also written on Chartism in Wales, and the working-class movement in the nineteenth century. His work examines the nature of power and leadership, and the forms of collaboration and resistance.


ASA Distinguished Africanist Award 1998

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • 1961 The Northern Factor in Ashanti History. Legon: Institute of African Studies.
  • 1975. Asante in the Nineteenth Century: The Structure and Evolution of a Political Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1984. South Wales and the Rising of 1839: Class Struggle as Armed Struggle. Urbana & Chicago: University of Illinois Press.
  • 1986 (with N. Levtzion & B. Haight). Chronicles from Gonja: A West African Tradition of Muslim Historiography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1989. Wa and the Wala: Islam and Polity in Northwestern Ghana. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 1993. Forests of Gold: Essays on the Akan and the Kingdom of Asante. Athens, OH: Ohio University Press.
  • 2001. Akwamu 1640-1750: a Study of the Rise and Fall of a West African Empire. Department of History. Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


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