African Studies

U.S. Intelligence on the Middle East, 1945-2009

Description

Since 1945, the U.S. intelligence community has had to cover a half-dozen major wars and several dozen smaller but equally bloody armed conflicts in the Middle East, as well as innumerable civil wars, border clashes, armed insurgencies, and terrorist attacks. This comprehensive document set sheds light on the U.S. intelligence community’s spying and analytic efforts in the Arab world, including the Middle East, the Near East, and North Africa. It covers the time period from the end of World War II to the present day, up until the 2002-2003 Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) assessments, the Global War on Terror, the Iraq War, and Iran’s nuclear program.

Type
Database
Text Collection
Coverage
1945-2009
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30920
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Nubian Letters

Description
Nubian Letters is an independent biannual bulletin for Nubian history and archaeology, published under the auspices of the International Society for Nubian Studies and the Department of Early Christian Art at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.
Edited by Elizabeth de Ranitz and Karel Inemmée
 
Type
E-Journal(s)
Coverage
1983-1984, subsequent issues to appear as they are digitized.
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30339
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Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: an Encyclopedia

Alternative Titles
Encyclopedia of Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa
Description

For each of the four regions (Middle East, Africa, East and Southeast Asia, South, Central and West Asia), provides an introduction to: arts, culture and science; biographies; conflicts and wars; cities, states, countries and territories; history; peoples and migration; society and daily life; politics, government and economy; religion.    

Type
Encyclopedia
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/30048
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Africa Yearbook Online

Description

The Africa Yearbook covers major domestic political developments, the foreign policy and socio-economic trends in sub-Sahara Africa – all related to developments in one calendar year. The Africa Yearbook contains articles on all sub-Saharan states, each of the four sub-regions (West, Central, Eastern, Southern Africa) focusing on major cross-border developments and sub-regional organizations as well as one article on continental developments and one on European-African relations.

Type
Handbook
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/29422
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Africa Bib

Alternative Titles
Africana Periodical Literature
Africabib
Description

The "Quarterly Index of African Periodical Literature" (QUAPL) is a database with citations to some 51,000 articles published in approximately 750 mostly scholarly periodicals published in Subsaharan Africa. Some 18,000 have links to full text. Articles indexed in this database span a variety of subject areas in the Humanities and Social Sciences including:

  • Agriculture, Natual Resources and the Environment
  • Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Colonialism
  • Economics and Trade
  • Ethnic and Race Relations
  • History and Exploration
  • Inter-African Relations
  • Law, Human Rights and Violence
  • Literature, Mass Media and the Press
  • Politics and Government
  • Urbanization and Migration
  • Women's Issues
Type
Article Index
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11955
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African Studies Companion Online

Description

The African Studies Companion Online contains over 1800 entries covering guides and resources for African languages, Africa cartography and maps, African film, African studies journals, magazines and newsletters, media guides and news sources for Africa, the African press, African studies library collections worldwide, national archives in Africa, centers of African studies and African studies programs worldwide, awards and prizes in African studies, and a wealth of other subjects. Many entries describe and evaluate resources, others are factual and provide practical information. With a few exceptions, all entries directly link to the internet.

Type
Article Index
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11899
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Confidential Print: Africa, 1834-1966

Description

The Confidential Print series was issued by the British Government between c. 1820 and 1970. The series originated out of a need to preserve the most important papers generated by the Foreign and Colonial Offices. These range from single-page letters or telegrams to comprehensive dispatches, investigative reports and texts of treaties. All items marked ‘Confidential Print’ were printed and circulated immediately to leading officials in the Foreign Office, to the Cabinet, and to heads of British missions abroad.

From coastal trading in the early nineteenth century, through the Conference of Berlin of 1884 and the subsequent Scramble for Africa, to the abuses of the Congo Free State, fights against tropical disease, Italy’s defeat by the Abyssinians, World War II, apartheid in South Africa and colonial moves towards independence, the documents in Confidential Print: Africa cover the whole of the modern period of European colonization of the continent.

The resource includes the following file classes from the UK National Archives, Kew, in their entirety:

  • CO 879/1-190 (Africa, 1848-1961)
  • CO 886/1-11 (Dominions, 1907-1925)
  • DO 116/1-8 (Dominions (South African), 1913-1944)
  • FO 341/1-3 (Africa 1884-1900)
  • FO 401/1-48 (Abyssinia, 1846-1956)
  • FO 403/1-482 (Africa, 1834-1957)
  • FO 413/1-99 (Morocco and North-West Africa, 1839-1957)
  • FO 458/1-157 (West Africa, 1882-1950)
  • FO 468/1-4 (British Commonwealth, 1945-1949)
  • FO 485/1-3 (Liberia, 1947-1949)
  • FO 540/1-6 (Libya, 1951-1956)

The resource includes selected files from:

CO 885/1-140 (War and Colonial Department and Colonial Office Confidential Print, 1839-1966)

DO 114/1-120 (Dominions Office Confidential Print, 1924-1951)

DO 201/1-53 (Commonwealth Relations Office Confidential Print, 1946-1966)

WO 287/1-287 (War Office Confidential Print, 1904-1949)

All these documents are full-text searchable.

In addition, this resource includes more than 300 full-colour maps.

Type
Text Collection
Coverage
1834-1966
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11811
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British Online Archives

Description
British Online Archives contains a wide range of materials related to British history, including the colonization of America, India, Africa, the West Indies, New Zealand, Australia and Melanesia. The collection contains sources that relate to both politics and history, including: *Records of missionaries from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel *Records made by the East India Company *Papers of the Parliamentary Labour Party *Anti-fascist newsletters of the International Transport Workers' Federation *Records of the Communist Party of Great Britain *The British Union of Fascists’ newspapers and secret files *British Broadcasting Corporation records *Trade directories Additional content can be found by selecting the ‘List Collections’ option on the toolbar.
Type
Database
E-Book(s)
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11785
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Black Drama: Second Edition

Description

NOTE: This product is the updated version of: http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/28611

Black Drama, now it its expanded second edition, contains the full text of more than 1,460 plays written from the mid-1800s to the present by more than 230 playwrights from North America, English-speaking Africa, the Caribbean, and other African diaspora countries. Many of the works are rare, hard to find, or out of print. James Vernon Hatch, the playwright, historian, and curator of the landmark Hatch-Billops Collection, is the project’s editorial advisor. Over 40% of the collection consists of previously unpublished plays by writers such as Langston Hughes, Ed Bullins, Willis Richardson, Amiri Baraka, Randolph Edmonds, Zora Neale Hurston, and many others.

Each play is extensively and deeply indexed, allowing both keyword and multi-fielded searching. The plays are accompanied by reference materials, significant ancillary information, a rich performance database, and images. The result is an exceptionally deep and unified collection that illustrates the many purposes that black theater has served: to give testimony to the ancient foundations of black culture; to protest injustices; to project emerging images of the New Black; and to give voice to the many and varied expressions of black creativity.

The works from early twentieth-century America include key writings of the Harlem Renaissance, works performed for the Federal Theatre Project, and plays by critically acclaimed dramatists through the 1940s. Included are the plays of Langston Hughes, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Zora Neale Hurston, Ira Aldridge, Shirley Graham, W.E.B. Du Bois, Randolph Edmonds, Georgia Douglas Johnson, May Miller, Willis Richardson, Eulalie Spence, and many others. The plays address a wide range of struggles and triumphs, including migration to Northern cities, mothers keeping families together, exploitation by white land owners, interracial unity, racial violence, civil rights activism, and the black war hero.

American works from the later twentieth century cover the Black Arts movement of the sixties and seventies, works performed by the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School (BARTS), The Negro Ensemble Company, and other companies. The collection includes plays by Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, Charles Fuller, Ron Milner, Adrienne Kennedy, Anna Deavere Smith, Alice Childress, Charles Smith, Dael Orlandersmith, Ntozake Shange, Melvin Van Peebles, Joseph Walker, Richard Wesley, and August Wilson, to name a few. The plays explore themes including civil rights, desegregation, and a wide range of ideologies—integrationist and separatist, revolutionary and nationalist.

African and Caribbean drama is represented by a wide collection of plays from Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, the West Indies, the United Kingdom, and other parts of the world. It includes works by writers such as David Edgecombe, Bode Sewande, Ngugi wa Thiong'o , Femi Osofisan, Zakes Mda, John Ruganda, Dennis Scott, Zulu Sofola, Paul Boakye, Errol John, Fatima Dike, Clifford Sealy, Joe de Graft, Richard Rive, Bole Butake, Matsemela Manaka, Errol Hill, and Derrick Walcott. The plays deal with the social and political ills stemming from colonialism, slavery, and apartheid; the struggle for independence; African history; and neocolonialism. Of particular interest is material written as “Township Theatre” in South Africa under apartheid and during the development of black grassroots urban theatre.

Type
Text Collection
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11623
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Bildbestand der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft in der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main

Alternative Titles
Der Bildbestand der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft in der Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Image Collection of the German Colonial Society at the University Library of Frankfurt
Deutsches Kolonial-Lexikon
Description

This archive at the University of Frankfurt [Germany] contains ephemera of the members of the German Colonial Society (Deutsche Kolonialgesellschaft), founded in 1877. Its members collected books, journals, and photographs of their activities and of the interests of Germans around the world, from its beginning until its dissolution in 1943. The 50,000 digitized slides, photographs, and book illustrations from the archive mostly document late 19th and early 20th-century Africa. The bulk of the images pertain to these countries (in ranked order of number of images present in the database): Togo, Cameroon, Namibia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, China, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, USA and Canada, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Samoa. The images in the photo archive may be searched by Place, Subject, Person, Photographer, and/or Ethnic Group. The website also includes the three-volume [in German] German Colonial Dictionary (Heinrich Schnee, ed. Deutsches Kolonial-Lexikon. Leipzig: Quelle & Meyer 1920). The website is in German, but the search page for the image archive has an alternative English-language interface.

Type
Images
Stable URL
http://www.lib.umich.edu/database/link/11389
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