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External resources

You may find the following resources useful for locating primary source material for your essays, or just for learning more about culture, society, and politics in Africa. This list is by no means exhaustive, however, and you might find a whole host of other resources by searching online.

Warwick Modern Records Centre

The Modern Records Centre holds a range of materials that are relevant for our course. Examples include the papers of British trade unions and student organisations involved in the anti-apartheid struggle and papers of the History Workshop based at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Digital history

Africa Past & Present - hosted by Michigan State University, ongoing podcasts about and by leading African historians and African Studies scholars

Africa through a lens - National Archives online exhibition showing photographs from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office photographic collection

African Activist Archive Project - posters and other documents relating to struggles against colonialism, apartheid, and social injustice

African Oral History Archive - an Ichikowitz Family Foundation initiative aiming to document Africa's modern history

Africans in Chicago - oral history project focusing on the African diaspora in Chicago

Emerging Nationalism in Portuguese Africa, 1959-1965, USC Digital Library - a collection of documentary ephemera on emerging nationalism in Portuguese Africa (Mozambique, Angola, Guinea Bissau).

Empire Online - holds a large number of documents, particularly related to the civilising mission (university login required) - search by country name

History in Progress Uganda - collections of photographs from private collections and archives in Uganda

International Mission Photography Archive (IMPA), USC Digital Library - a visual record of missionary activities and experiences in Africa, China, Madagascar, India, Papua-New Guinea, and the Caribbean from the mid-C19th to mid-C20th.

Maji Maji Bibliography Project - collection of eye-witness accounts (in German)

The Nigeria Nostalgia Project - collections of photographs and documents from private collections and archives in Nigeria

O'Malley - The Heart of Hope - hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Dialogue, online archive of Padraig O'Malley, relating to apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa

South African History Online - educational website covering a wide variety of topics from South Africa's past


Africa is a Country - the best Africa-related blog on the web

Africa Check - investigates the claims made by public figures and news outlets in Africa

African Arguments - hosted by the Royal African Society, a multi-user blog looking at contemporary African events

MsAfropolitan - written by Minna Salami, an award-winning writer and commentator on Africa and the diaspora, African feminism, race, and identity

Pambazuka - online discussions of current and past social justice

Rosebell's blog - written by Rosebell Kagumire, a Ugandan journalist, and focused on peace and conflict in East Africa

See Africa Differently - showcases positive stories and facts from across Africa

Voices of Africa - South African run blog showcasing opinion pieces by bloggers and journalists from across Africa

News sources - general clearing house for major newspapers from across continent (note subscription needed for archival holdings)

BBC - continent-wide news including links to twice-daily World Service African news broadcasts

Times Digital Archive - access to every page as published in The Times, 1875-2006

Music and culture

African Digital Art - online collective art project

Africanhiphop - online magazine showcasing hip hop from across the continent

eFrika - online collective look at music, film, literature, and art from across Africa and the worldwide diaspora

Okayafrica - online magazine focusing on music coming out of Africa

This is Africa - online magazine showcasing music, fashion, film, and photography from across Africa


The following films are available to borrow from the library, and are recommended: