CALL FOR PAPERS - Commemorative Publication dedicated to Kwame Nkrumah’s Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare

Cover for the Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare Book by Kwame Nkrumah. Published by PANAF
Cover for the Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare Book by Kwame Nkrumah. Published by PANAF

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Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare by Kwame Nkrumah is 50 years old this year. The Handbook is subtitled ‘A guide to the Armed Phase of the African Revolution.’ It served to motivate liberation movements through most of the late 20th century. It also served as a guide to revolutionary political engagement for millions more of the masses that were not engaged in military action. The All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP) is organizing the publication of a collection of papers to commemorate Nkrumah’s historic contribution.

Nkrumah structured the book in two parts. “Book One – Know the Enemy”, and “Book Two – Strategy, Tactics and Techniques”. The need to understand the enemy we face is essential to being able to establish and implement the most effective political line, programs, strategies, tactics and techniques to defeat the enemy. Before the Table of Contents (TOC) that outlines the sections in Book One and Two, Nkrumah provides a page titled Rules of Discipline. On this page are listed 15 short rules that apply to organizers. These are all relevant today. What additional rules would you add? This is an important start for this book. It sets a clear tone. Nkrumah is addressing organizers. These rules are rules of engagement for an organizer activist.

The Handbook contains Nkrumah’s formal call for 1) the All-African People’s Revolutionary Party (A-APRP); 2) the All-African Committee for Political Co-ordination (A-ACPC) and 3) the All-African People’s Revolutionary Army (A-APRA). In the Handbook Nkrumah defines 1) four essential components of neo-colonialism; 2) three conflicting concepts of African Unity and 3) three categories of territories (referred to as the three zone theory). These are just a few of the concepts to be examined historically and evaluated in today’s context of our struggle for Pan-Africanism.

Much of the information in the Handbook provides a historical context of the struggle in Africa in the 2nd half of the 20th Century. So much has changed in Africa and the world. What in the framing and the content of the Handbook is relevant today and how can a revised handbook serve the interest of the African revolution? This is one of the challenges the A-APRP will address, but not alone. We will be asking revolutionary Pan-African organizations to engage in study, analysis and activism in a quest to address this and other important questions that arise from Kwame Nkrumah’s classic – Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare.

This call for papers is open to all political parties and organizations that believe Nkrumah’s Handbook has made a contribution to their struggle and has relevance today. The call is also open to individual researchers that are members or supporters of Pan-African, socialist or communist organizations.

All abstracts, papers and questions should be submitted to

Abstracts (300-500 words) Due by – 30 Mar, Acceptance notification – 10 April
Papers (4-25 pages) Due by – 25 May, Acceptance notification – 25 June


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