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The author Graham Greene journeyed to West Africa in 1935, ostensibly to write a travel book. But, claims Tim Butcher, it was a cover for a spy mission on behalf of the British anti-slavery...

Large numbers of West Africans came to Britain to study in the postwar years. Many placed their children in the care of white, working-class families. Jordanna Bailkin describes how it was not just Britain’s diplomatic relationships that were transformed at the end of empire but also social and personal ones.

Volume: 63 Issue: 8 2013

Jos Damen tells the stories of two unusual men who lived a century apart in the Dutch colony at Elmina in West Africa; a poet who became a tax inspector and a former slave who argued that slavery did not contradict ideas of Christian freedom.

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The author Graham Greene journeyed to West Africa in 1935, ostensibly to write a travel book. But, claims Tim Butcher, it was a cover for a spy mission on behalf of the British anti-slavery movement which was investigating allegations that Liberia, a state born as a refuge for freed US slaves, was guilty of enslaving its own people.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was founded on June 30th, 1960. Within a few days, however, there were army mutinies and disturbances around the country.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

Tony Chafer examines the paradoxes and complexities that underlie belated recognition of the contribution of African soldiers to the liberation of France in 1944.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

This West African state was a focus of the slave trade for centuries, and the first African colony to win independence, exactly fifty years ago. Graham Gendall Norton finds lots of history to explore.

Volume: 57 Issue: 3 2007

Historical travel, alone or in organized tours, is burgeoning and fun. Our new series suggests some places for the past-minded traveller to think about. Graham Gendall Norton introduces an accessible but exotic land which has long been a cultural crossroads.

Volume: 56 Issue: 4 2006

Sarah Searight highlights the problem of pillaging for those trying to piece together Mali’s rich heritage.

Volume: 55 Issue: 5 2005

The taking of Kano by the West African Frontier Force, on February 3rd 1903, signalled the end of the Muslim fundamentalist Fulani empire in northern Nigeria.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Christine Riding looks at British reaction to the French tragedy at sea immortalised in Géricault’s masterpiece 'The Raft of the Medusa'.

Volume: 53 Issue: 2 2003

Angela V. John looks at the uncomfortably long and close links between slavery and the cocoa trade.

Volume: 52 Issue: 6 2002

The explorer of West Africa died in Cape Town on June 3rd, 1900.

Volume: 50 Issue: 6 2000

Ghana's slaving past, long regarded as too sensitive to even discuss, is now becoming a lively issue. A group of Ghanaians, led by lawyers and tribal chiefs, have convened an Africa-wide meeting to seek 'retribution and compensation for the crime of slavery’.

Volume: 49 Issue: 8 1999

Graham Norton looks at dilapidated forts and castles in West Africa

Volume: 45 Issue: 10 1995

Missing person or ritual murder? Richard Rathbone probes a cause célèbre from an age of colonial and tribal transition.

Volume: 43 Issue: 6 1993

‘England… requires markets more than colonies.’ Mary Kingsley’s espousal of the African cause was founded on the empathy between second-class citizens in a white, male-dominated society, as Deborah Birkett reveals.

Volume: 37 Issue: 5 1987

John D. Hargreaves looks at the 1884 meeting of European nations and the impact on Africa.

Volume: 34 Issue: 11 1984

There is evidence, argues Adrian Tronson, to suggest that the thirteenth-century Mali empire, and its ruler Sundiata, were strongly influenced by the life of Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, an influence that was to be capitalised on in the late 1950s.

Volume: 32 Issue: 1 1982

J.D. Hargreaves introduces a prophet of nationalism in the coastal countries of West Africa.

Volume: 19 Issue: 8 1969

Robert Weisbord describes a lesser known eighteenth-century insurrection upon an English slave-ship.

Volume: 19 Issue: 8 1969

The Nok people of Nigeria were smelters of iron but also agriculturalists. C. Elliott desribes how the culture they founded may have a deep effect upon the ancient history of Africa.

Volume: 17 Issue: 5 1967

Michael Langley writes how, as early as 1620, an English traveller wrote an enthusiastic report on the wealth of the Gambia and its commercial possibilities.

Volume: 15 Issue: 6 1965

The Republic of Guinea has been the scene over the centuries of several attempts at state-building. Basil Davidson records how the memory of past achievements strongly influences West Africa today.

Volume: 9 Issue: 6 1959

The myth of the “Dark Continent” has recently been exploded by archaeologists. A rich indigenous culture was established long before the coming of the white man. The memorials that it left behind are here described and appraised by Robert A. Kennedy.

Volume: 8 Issue: 9 1958

Raymond Tong describes how Britain's connections with West Africa began four centuries ago, when Wyndham sailed to Benin in search of gold and pepper.

Volume: 7 Issue: 4 1957

J.H. Plumb documents the repeated attempts by British explorers and abolitionists to open West Africa for the Empire.

Volume: 2 Issue: 4 1952

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