African country - background resources

Africa south of the Sahara.
London, Routledge / Europa Publications
1971-2021 Very good print reference source. Has extensive Country sections, essays such as China in Africa, France -  African Relations. In the Reference / Information Center.

Africa contemporary record; annual survey and documents
1968/69 – 2001/2002  Good print source for historical background.

Africa Research Bulletin 1964 -
Economic, financial, and technical series
Political, social, and cultural series
Helps you find the dates of events, a year’s facts about a country. Search by country. Summarizes current news. Has annual  indexes
Online (from 1997) and print (from 1964) editions.

Africa Yearbook Online (Brill). 2004-2020
Covers politics, foreign affairs, socio-economic developments.

Cambridge Histories (includes Cambridge History of Africa)
Content on Africa from various titles. Includes Cambridge History of Africa - From the Earliest times to c. 1975 in 8 volumes online.

Country Watch
Politics, economics, military,business,history, social life, etc.

Encyclopedia of Africa / editors, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
2 volumes

Encyclopedia of South Africa [2011]
Krista Johnson and Sean Jacobs, editors.
Boulder, Colo. : Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., 2011.
Online edition.
Print edition.

General history of Africa (UNESCO)
Abridged ed. London : J. Currey ; Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press ; Paris : Unesco, c1990-1999. 8 v.
Green Library. Information Center DT20 .G452 1990

  1. Methodology and African prehistory / editor, J. Ki-Zerbo
  2. Ancient civilizations of Africa / editor, G. Mokhtar
  3. Africa from the seventh to the eleventh century / editor, I. Hrbek
  4. Africa from the twelfth to the sixteenth century / editors, Joseph Ki-Zerbo and Djibril Tamsir Niane
  5. Africa from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century
  6. Africa in the nineteenth century until the 1880s / editor, J.F. Ade Ajayi
  7. Africa under colonial domination 1880-1935 / editor, A. Adu Boahen
  8. Africa since 1935 / editor, Ali A. Mazrui (reissued in unabridged form).

New encyclopedia of Africa / John Middleton, editor in chief ; Joseph C. Miller, editor.
Detroit : Gale Cengage Learning, c2008. 5 v.

Historical Dictionaries of Africa
Some countries have online editions. Each African country has its own volume. Examples  – Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (name changes, maps, chronology, history, land & people, Historical Dictionary of  Eritrea, Historical Dictionary of Namibia.

Oxford bibliographies. African studies
Essays and annotated bibliographies by experts on African topics. Has British Colonial Rule in Sub-Saharan Africa, French Colonial Rule, German Colonial Rule, Belgian Colonial Rule, etc.

Oxford Handbook of Modern African History
Signed articles by scholars. Topics include -

  • Africa in the Atlantic World, C.1760 – C. 1840 
  • African Literary Histories and History in African Literatures
  • Chieftaincy
  • Communications and Media in African History
  • Demography and Disease 
  • Ethnicity and Identity
  • Health and Healing 
  • Law, Crime, and Punishment in Colonial Africa  By Richard Roberts
  • New Religious Movements
  • Work and Migration  By Emily Lynn Osborn


Oxford Handbook of Kenyan Politics

Oxford Handbook of South African History

Oxford Research Encyclopedias - African History

Has Christian History and Historiography, by Joel Cabrita.
Selections from the Oxford Research Encyclopedias - African History were published as the Oxford Encyclopedia of African Historiography: Methods and Sources [2019], edited by Thomas Spear. 2 vols.
Contents of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia African History include -

  • Colonial Conquest and Rule
  • Numerical Data and Statistical Sources  
  • Digital Approaches to the History of the Atlantic Slave Trade  
  • Digital Sources in Europe for African History  
  • Quantitative Methods and Economic Statistical Sources for African History  
  • Newspapers as Sources for African History  
  • Kingdoms of South-Central Africa: Sources, Historiography, and History
  • Slavery and Slave Trade

Culture and Customs of.......................... A series of books on African countries. Example - Culture and Customs of Angola, Botswana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, etc.