He did for Asante history what Basil Davidson
has done for African history as a whole.
This is even more surprising given the fact that several historians, including the late Basil Davidson
, demonstrated how Africa had been central to the rise of Britain as a great empire.
Or as Basil Davidson
put it in The Black Man's Burden, it will take great effort to "defy a sceptical, mocking, or contemptuous outside world taught by decades of imperialist ideology that Africans were really, if truth be told, primitive beings incapable of knowing what was best for themselves, let alone anyone else."
As the celebrated British historian, Basil Davidson
put it: Nkrumah lived far ahead of his time.
The photos are accompanied by text from the award-winning writer Basil Davidson
. Translating a traditional Gaelic lament, he writes:
English history predominated, but in those pre-post-imperial days it could provide the hub of a wheel with spokes leading into remote parts of Africa or Asia, widely regarded as exotic but which serious scholars like Basil Davidson
and Charles Boxer were beginning to demystify.
The book also cites my friend Basil Davidson
, one of the pre-eminent historians of Africa, whom I once heard discuss this issue at Robinson's TransAfrica offices.
According to the English historian Basil Davidson
, the Atlantic slave trade "cost Africa fifty million souls."  Author Eduardo Galeano claims that 150 years of Spanish and Portuguese colonization in Central and South America reduced the Indigenous population from 90 million to 3.5 million.
That uniqueness derives from the principles hammered out by Sivanandan, with the support of some of the most distinguished scholar activists from the liberation movements of the 1960s and '70s -- Eqbal Ahmad, Malcolm Caldwell, Basil Davidson
, Chris Farley, Thomas Hodgkin, Ken Jordaan, Orlando Letelier -- in the aftermath of the transformation of the Institute itself from serving the policy-makers to serving the policed.
found that in that year 379,000 contract workers had been enslaved to supplement a free labour force which was expected to live on a wage of two shillings a day.