The Handbook of Africa

The Handbook of Africa

The Handbook of Africa

The Handbook of Africa

Excerpt

This book was originally prepared as an African Handbook for the use of a course offered to foreign-aid technicians by the Center for Devel- opment Research and Training, African Studies Program, at Boston Uni- versity. The first edition was prepared by George F. Brooks in September 1959, and revised by John Seiler in July 1960 under the supervision of V. Ferkiss and John M. Livingston. Both of these editions appeared in hectographed form.

For this publication the book has been completely revised. The format used is taken from the United Kingdom Reference Division of the Cen- tral Office of Information publications: Fact Sheets on U.K. Depend- encies.

The purpose of the book is to provide comparable factual information on each of the fifty-odd political units of Africa, and to provide basic source material by a thorough process of footnoting. No attempt is made either to interpret or analyze the data. Facts and figures are given with- out qualifying comments. Thus no attempt is made to evaluate develop- ment plans or programs, to assess the efficiency of railway systems or the adequacy of health services, or to comment on the goals and aims of politi- cal parties and associations.

The value of the book lies in its bringing together for the first time a series of related facts and figures giving as complete a factual picture of the various countries' social, political, and economic life as is possible, and providing the student and interested layman bases upon which con- tinent-wide comparisons can be made. It highlights the existing gaps in the information now available, reveals the weakness and uncertainty of much of the existing basic data, and may encourage further research and study where it is most needed. Finally, it provides many of the facts nec- essary to interpretation and analysis.

The editors recognize the limitations of this publication. Events in Africa move with such rapidity that what is current today is frequently . . .

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