Historical dictionary of Gabon /
David E. Gardinier, Douglas A. Yates.
3rd ed.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
lxvii, 455 p. : maps ; 23 cm.
0810849186 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780810849181
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2006.
0810849186 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 361-454).
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Gabon, a former French colony, has been one of the more peaceful and prosperous African countries during the last generation. This thorough and well-written work reflects the scholarly expertise of the author. This edition is more than 80 percent larger than the first (CH, May'82). It includes a lengthy introduction to Gabon, a chronology and charts, and a 1,450 item, multilingual bibliography. A must for African studies programs; highly recommended for university and college libraries, upper-division undergraduate and above. P. W. Wilkin; University of Pittsburgh
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...well organized and clearly written....This text is the only one of its kind and provides a broad and accessible survey of Gabonese political, economic, cultural and social history.
This resource for students and researchers contains hundreds of crossreferenced entries on Gabon's most important people, places, events, and institutions. A sampling of topics includes President Omar Bongo, King Denis, the International Monetary Fund, the Pygmies, and World War I. Gardinier (emeritus, history, Marquette U.) and Yates (political science, American U. of Paris) provide a general overview of the country's history and geography in the introduction. Supplementary materials include a chronology, lists of elected officials, statistical tables, and maps. An extensive bibliography, organized by subject, completes the volume.
A must for African studies programs; highly recommended...
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The country of Gabon, located in equatorial Africa on the Atlantic coast, gained its independence from France on August 17, 1960. Its strong economic base in mining, forestry, and especially petroleum has made Gabon one of the most prosperous nations in the area. It also boasts the longest serving African head of state in President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, who, having won election after election, has been in power since 1967. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Gabon provides crucial information about the country's important persons, places, events, and institutions. This is done through the use of several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries, an introductory essay, a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, maps, and a comprehensive bibliography.

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