1) Historical Dictionary of Zambia – John

1) Historical Dictionary of Zambia – John J. Grotpeter
Scarecrow Press | 1998 | EPUB

This nineteenth volume in the African Historical Dictionaries series is devoted to Zambia — a country whose south-central location on the African continent makes it an essential link between independent states of Central, East and West Africa and southern Africa region. Its crucial political position has made it vulnerable to many pressures, especially in view of its long-time economic and communication links with Zimbabwe.

The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Zambia has been thoroughly updated for the 1990s. All entries from the previous edition have been revised and rewritten for greater accuracy and intelligibility, and new entries provide information on current literature and authors, popular music and radio, AIDS, and other health-related issues. The authors have expanded the coverage of Zambia’s colonial and Federation eras, as well as information on the rural Copperbelt, and added informed entries on Zambian archaeology. With map and bibliography.

2) Historical Dictionary of Malawi – Cynthia A. Crosby
Scarecrow Press | 1993 | EPUB

Malawi’s proud and ethnically diverse history is explored in an expanded introduction covering events from the Early Stone Age to the early 1990s. Led since independece in 1964 by Dr. Hastings Banda (now in his nineties), Malawi will soon be free of his repressive rule, but how fresh the air of freedom will be with Tembo and his successors remains to be seen. The second edition of this well-received historical dictionary (“… well and succinctly documented…” —LIBRARY JOURNAL; “…fascinating and extremely readable…” —REVUE CANADIENNE DES ETUDES AFRICAINES) addresses economic and social adjustments since 1980 and includes entries on the more desperate problems of the AIDS epidemic and the influx of refugees into Malawi. Crosby discusses health and education topics and offers suggestions for how the new leaders of Malawi need to respond. With new maps and an updated and expanded bibliography.

3) Historical Dictionary of Madagascar – Philip M. Allen, Maureen Covell
Scarecrow Press | 2005 | PDF

Madagascar, widely known as the “Great Island,” is just off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, but in many ways it hardly resembles its mainland neighbors. Its flora and fauna are quite distinct, and the folkways and culture of its population are intriguingly different from that of the continental countries.

This revised and expanded edition fills us in on the changes that have occurred over the past decade while still covering the long and intricate history of the country. It starts with the earliest settlers, continues through the period of French colonial rule, and then describes more intensively the period of independence, with all its aspirations, failures, and renewed hopes. This is done in a broad introduction, an extensive chronology, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on significant persons, places, and events; ethnic groups and religions; and economic, social, and cultural aspects. Also included is a bibliography offering further reading.

4) Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Emizet Francois Kisangani, Scott F. Bobb
Scarecrow Press | 2009 | PDF

One of Africa’s largest, most populated, and generously endowed countries, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has both dominated the surrounding region and been greatly affected by it as well. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has undergone a long period of war, and it appears that political renewal and economic recovery are bleak. Human security is likely to remain a distant dream for many years to come due to the prevalence and intensity of rape and other sexual violence, which is described as the worst in the world.

The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Democratic Republic of the Congo looks back at the nearly 48 years of independence, over a century of colonial rule, and even earlier kingdoms and groups that shared the territory. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and over 800 cross-referenced dictionary entries on civil wars, mutinies, notable people, places, events, and cultural practices.

5) Historical Dictionary of Burundi – Ellen K. Eggers
Scarecrow Press | 2006 | PDF

The Republic of Burundi, a small, but densely populated country in Sub-Saharan Africa, gained its independence from Belgium in 1962. It is most widely known as being the site of fierce and bloody warfare between its two main ethnic groups: the Hutus and the Tutsis. Years of ethnic warfare have claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and only recently has there been a lessening of the bloodshed. However, with democratically elected leaders replacing military dictators and peace becoming more prevalent than war, the future is looking bright for Burundi. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Burundi is an important reference made all the more so by the extreme lack of information available on the country. Informing not only about the present and the recent past, the book presents the country’s early history as well, which serves to reveal the sources of conflict. This is accomplished through a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, an introductory essay, appendixes, a bibliography, and several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on history, politics, economy, society and culture.