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Black Africa Handbook (ICPSR 5019)

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This study contains data on the political, social, economic, religious, ecological, and demographic characteristics of 32 Black African nations in the late 1950s and 1960s. Data are provided on political regime characteristics, such as the existence and nature of political parties, elections, the nature of the judicial system, the extent of government influence, and the occurrence of riots, civil violence, terrorist activities, civil wars, irredentist movements, and coup d'etats. Economic variables provide information on government revenues, government expenditures, gross domestic capital formation, public investment as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP), gross national product (GNP), defense budgets, energy, investment, labor, number of wage earners as a percentage of active population, industrial production, electricity production, per capita energy consumption, educational expenditures, economic welfare, consumer price index, international economic aid, total international trade, imports and exports, agriculture, and membership in major African multilateral economic organizations. Also included is information on the military and security systems, Africanization of the army officer corps, international relations, membership in nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), communication and transportation, and social welfare. Other variables provide information on population estimates and characteristics, population density, settlement patterns, cultural pluralism, language, religion, primary and secondary school enrollment, family organization, patrilineal kin groups, class stratification, and the number of physicians per population.

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Morrison, Donald, Robert Mitchell, John Paden, and Michael Stevenson. Black Africa Handbook. ICPSR05019-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1972. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR05019.v1

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Subject Terms:   agricultural development, civil disobedience, civil wars, conflict, coup d'etat, defense spending, developing nations, economic indicators, education expenditures, educational populations, electoral systems, electricity, elementary education, energy consumption, energy production, ethnicity, exports, families, foreign aid, government expenditures, government revenues, Gross Domestic Product, Gross National Product, higher education, imports, industrial production, international relations, international trade, labor force, language, mass media, nongovernmental organizations, political parties, political systems, population characteristics, population density, population estimates, price indexes, public transportation, religion, riots, security systems, social welfare, urbanization

Geographic Coverage:   Africa, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Global, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia

Universe:   A total of 32 African nations in the late 1950s and late 1960s.

Data Types:   aggregate data


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(1) Morrison, Donald, Robert Mitchell, John Paden, and Michael Stevenson. BLACK AFRICA: A COMPARATIVE HANDBOOK. New York, NY: Irvington Publishers, 1989, (2) Johnson, Hildegard B. "The Location of Christian Missions in Africa." THE GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW 57, 2 (1967), (3) United Nations. STATISTICAL YEARBOOKS, 1967-1968, and (4) United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. YEARBOOK, 1968.


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