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- HIST 2392 (Spring 2021)
- History of Modern Africa
- Dr. Jill E. Kelly
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Reference Works on African History
- As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.
- (You can also look at the bibliographies of class readings, and search for those items if they sound relevant).
- If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in reference resources.
- Reference resources allow you to:
- Gain familiarity with the topic
- Identify more specific aspects of the topic on which to focus
- Provide context and identify differing perspectives
- Identify experts related to the topic
Oxford Bibliographies: African Studies
Includes combined broad introductions to such subjects as African society, politics, or literature with specific studies of individual peoples, states, or literary traditions to enable the user to appreciate Africans’ distinctiveness as well as their diversity.
New Encyclopedia of Africa
Addresses the entire history of African cultures from the pharaohs and the ancient civilizations of the south through the colonial era to the emergence of 53 independent countries, some of them newly emergent in world commerce and others deep in conflict. Covers issues facing the continent such as global development, the AIDS crisis, and international terrorism.
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