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Governing Africa, 1808-1995

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

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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 Colonial Law in Africa, 1946-1966

African Government Gazettes, 1946-1966
These gazettes contain copies of the laws and ordinances which...

Licensed to access Colonial Law in Africa, 1808-1919

African Government Gazettes, 1808-1919
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to the Gold Coast and Togoland, 1843-1957
Ghana and Togo were known by the colonial Government as...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to Southern Rhodesia, 1897-1980
This collection contains annual reports by successive colonial administrations in...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to Kenya, 1907-1964
The colony of Kenya was managed by the government departments...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to Nigeria and the British Cameroons, 1887-1962
This collection contains annual reports compiled by successive British colonial...

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

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Nyasaland, 1907-1967
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial...

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

Annual Departmental Reports relating to Sierra Leone, 1893-1961
This collection contains annual reports compiled by the British colonial...

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

Annual departmental reports relating to Uganda, 1903-1961
The colony of Uganda was managed by the government departments...

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

Annual Departmental Reports relating to the Gambia, 1881-1966
This collection includes annual reports compiled by the colonial government...

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

Selected papers from the personal library of Colin Legum, 1949-1995
Colin Legum (1919-2003) was a South African-born journalist and anti-apartheid...

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

African Blue Books, 1821-1953
The late nineteenth century 'Scramble for Africa' saw European colonial...

Licensed to access Colonial Law in Africa, 1920-1945

African Government Gazettes, 1920-1945
Originally known as the 'Government Gazettes', each item contains the...

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

Trace the evolution and decline of white minority rule in South Africa
Apartheid was a system of white minority rule that prevailed...
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