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Governing Africa, 1808-1995

Governing Africa:British Records from African Countries under Colonial Rule, 1808-1995

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Introduction

Governing Africa contains primary source documents mostly derived from a series of annual reports and accounts sent to the British Government by its colonial administrations in Africa. The featured collections cover British colonial administrations that reigned during the 19th and 20th centuries, and include content on 13 colonies, from Ghana and Togo to Kenya and Nigeria. Apartheid era South Africa is also covered extensively in the papers of journalist Colin Legum and materials from political parties on both sides of the racial and ideological divide. 

Together, these resources provide students and researchers with a comprehensive overview of British rule in Africa, allowing them to trace its rise, decline, and eventual fall, as well as its ongoing influence in post-colonial societies.  

Dates Covered

1808-1995

Contributors

  • British Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Institute for Commonwealth Studies, Senate House
  • Kate Legum

Collections

Licensed to access Apartheid Through the Eyes of South African Political Parties, 1948-1994

Contributor: Institute for Commonwealth Studies, Senate House Contents: 4 Volumes, 33 Documents (7,499 Pages)
Apartheid was a system of white minority rule that prevailed in South Africa for much of the 20th century. This...

Licensed to access Colonial Africa in Official Statistics, 1821-1953

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 13 Volumes, 777 Documents (144,428 Pages)
The late nineteenth century 'Scramble for Africa' saw European colonial powers carve up the African continent between themselves. The United...

Licensed to access Colonial Law in Africa, 1808-1919

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 10 Volumes, 159 Documents (96,513 Pages)
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the colonial laws for the year they were published. The legal...

Licensed to access Colonial Law in Africa, 1920-1945

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 11 Volumes, 357 Documents (199,176 Pages)
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the colonial laws for the year they were published. The legal...

Licensed to access Colonial Law in Africa, 1946-1966

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 12 Volumes, 321 Documents (197,084 Pages)
These gazettes contain copies of the laws and ordinances which were introduced in the years they cover. Each item was...

Licensed to access Gambia Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1881-1966

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 9 Volumes, 90 Documents (22,628 Pages)
This collection includes annual reports compiled by the colonial government of Gambia. It covers the period from the creation of...

Licensed to access Ghana and Togo Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1843-1957

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 11 Volumes, 138 Documents (56,380 Pages)
Ghana and Togo were known by the colonial Government as the Gold Coast and British Togoland. These countries’ records are...

Licensed to access Kenya Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1907-1964

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 10 Volumes, 135 Documents (59,806 Pages)
The colony of Kenya was managed by the government departments who wrote these A1:F79 reports. They start when Kenya was...

Licensed to access Malawi Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1907-1967

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 9 Volumes, 79 Documents (33,734 Pages)
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial government of Nyasaland (modern day Malawi). The documents cover the...

Licensed to access Nigeria and Cameroon Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1887-1962

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 10 Volumes, 188 Documents (81,604 Pages)
This collection contains annual reports compiled by successive British colonial administrations in Nigeria and Cameroon. The documents cover the period...

Licensed to access Sierra Leone Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1893-1961

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 9 Volumes, 90 Documents (38,641 Pages)
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial government in Sierra Leone. The documents pre-date the establishment of...

Licensed to access South Africa Under Apartheid, Reports and Research by a Journalist, 1949-1995

Contributor: Kate Legum Contents: 5 Volumes, 111 Documents (27,064 Pages)
Colin Legum (1919-2003) was a South African journalist and writer on African politics. Born in a rural farming town of...

Licensed to access Uganda Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1903-1961

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 9 Volumes, 79 Documents (50,493 Pages)
The colony of Uganda was managed by the government departments who wrote these progress reports. Some reports start in the...

Licensed to access Zimbabwe Under Colonial Rule, in Government Reports, 1897-1980

Contributor: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office Contents: 12 Volumes, 155 Documents (98,505 Pages)
This collection contains annual reports by successive colonial administrations in Rhodesia. It ranges from the period of corporate colonisation in...
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