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Title:African Historical Dictionaries through the Looking Glass
Author:Henige, DavidISNI
Periodical:Africana Journal
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:literature reviews (form)
historical dictionaries (form)
History and Exploration
Abstract:This paper is concerned with several volumes relating to Africa that have appeared in the 'Historical Dictionary' series published by Scarecrow Press. Of this series thus far eighteen volumes have appeared in the African subseries. Surveyed - on accuracy, balance, representativeness, aptness, accessibility - are the volumes 'Burundi', by Warren Weinstein (1976); 'Dahomey', by Samuel Decalo (1976); 'Lesotho', by Gordon M. Haliburton (1977); 'Sierra Leone', by Cyril P. Foray (1977); 'Mali', by Pascal J. Imperato (1977); 'Tanzania', by Laura S. Kurtz (1978); and the 'Sudan', by John O. Voll (1978). No attempt is made to evaluate each work extensively, but an indication is given of the numerous difficulties that the series as a whole presents. (Excluded here is 'Chad', by Samuel Decalo, since this volume has been carefully reviewed by Dennis Cordell in the Int. J. Afr. Hist. Stud., 11 (1978), p. 376-379.) Notes.