Transport has been one of Africa’s great transformative forces. The amount of writing about transportation in the continent is vast, including both academic and general studies. Most publications deal with transport conditions, policies, and problems at the time they were written. A smaller proportion is retrospective. Reflecting this span, and the interdisciplinarity of transport studies, the contributors to transport publications include anthropologists, economists, geographers, historians, planners, and sociologists. On grounds of universal accessibility, the citations selected for inclusion in this bibliography refer mostly to recent materials in each category and to work in international journals.
Just prior to and then during the years of decolonization, it was fashionable to attempt sweeping surveys of African transportation, covering all modes and many countries. Geographers came to the forefront of the discourse, as evidenced by Stamp 1953, Harrison Church 1956, Kimble 1960, Hance 1967, Pollock 1971, and O’Connor 1978. Often congratulatory in tone, these dated overviews contain useful benchmarking materials; they are also historiographically interesting. They have been superseded by narrower country-specific studies, and by professional surveys produced by multinational teams of investigators (see Surveys).
Hance, William Adams. African Economic Development. New York: Praeger, 1967.
A chapter devoted to transport that reviews the role and prospects of the main transport routes and modes in the context of industrializing African economies.
Harrison Church, R. J. “The Transport Pattern of British West Africa.” In Geographical Essays on British Tropical Lands. Edited by Robert Walter Steel and Charles A. Fisher, 53–76. London: George Philip, 1956.
Concentrates on railways (noting rivers where available) as the best mode of transport for bulk transport, with little mention of roads and airways.
Kimble, George H. T. Tropical Africa: Land and Livelihood. Vol. 1. New York: Twentieth Century Fund, 1960.
Chapter 11 entitled “The Changing Route Map” is a detailed register of the state of all transportation in the region (see pp. 403–493).
O’Connor, Anthony Michael. The Geography of Tropical African Development. Oxford: Pergamon, 1978.
See chapter 7 on “The Role of Transport” (pp. 138–170).
Pollock, Norman C. Studies in Emerging Africa. Totowa, NJ: Rowman and Littlefield, 1971.
Chapter 5 is on transport in Africa with special reference to its fourteen landlocked states.
Stamp, L. Dudley. Africa: A Study in Tropical Development. New York: Wiley, 1953.
Chapter 9 devotes fourteen pages to a general survey of transport services and problems. A slightly expanded chapter in the revised 1972 edition with the same title and publisher (and co-written with W. T. W Morgan) records two decades of change.
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- Achebe, Chinua
- Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
- Aid and Economic Development
- Arabic Language and Literature
- Archaeology and the Study of Africa
- Archaeology of Central Africa
- Archaeology of Eastern Africa
- Archaeology of Southern Africa
- Art, Art History, and the Study of Africa
- Arts of Central Africa
- Arts of Western Africa
- Asante and the Akan and Mossi States
- Bantu Expansion
- Benin (Dahomey)
- Botswana (Bechuanaland)
- Brink, André
- British Colonial Rule in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Burkina Faso (Upper Volta)
- Cape Verde
- Central African Republic
- Children and Childhood
- China in Africa
- Christianity, African
- Coetzee, J.M.
- Colonial Rule, Belgian
- Colonial Rule, French
- Colonial Rule, German
- Colonial Rule, Italian
- Colonial Rule, Portuguese
- Communism, Marxist-Leninism, and Socialism in Africa
- Comoro Islands
- Congo, Republic of (Congo Brazzaville)
- Congo River Basin States
- Conservation and Wildlife
- Crime and the Law in Colonial Africa
- Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
- Development of Early Farming and Pastoralism
- Diaspora, Kongo Atlantic
- Disease and African Society
- Early States And State Formation In Africa
- Early States of the Western Sudan
- Economy, Informal
- Education and the Study of Africa
- Egypt, Ancient
- Environmental History
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ethnicity and Politics
- Europe and Africa, Medieval
- Family Planning
- Farah, Nuruddin
- Food and Food Production
- Fugard, Athol
- Genocide in Rwanda
- Geography and the Study of Africa
- Gikuyu (Kikuyu) People of Kenya
- Gordimer, Nadine
- Great Lakes States of Eastern Africa, The
- Health, Medicine, and the Study of Africa
- Historiography and Methods of African History
- History and the Study of Africa
- Ijo/Niger Delta
- Image of Africa, The
- Indian Ocean and Middle Eastern Slave Trades
- Indian Ocean Trade
- Invention of Tradition
- Iron Working and the Iron Age in Africa
- Islam in Africa
- Islamic Politics
- Kongo and the Coastal States of West Central Africa
- Language and the Study of Africa
- Literature and the Study of Africa
- Lord's Resistance Army
- Maasai and Maa-Speaking Peoples of East Africa, The
- Mau Mau
- Media and Journalism
- Military History
- Modern African Literature in European Languages
- Music, Dance, and the Study of Africa
- Music, Traditional
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
- North Africa from 600 to 1800
- North Africa to 600
- Northeastern African States, c. 1000 BCE-1800 CE
- Obama and Kenya
- Oman, the Gulf, and East Africa
- Oral and Written Traditions, African
- Police and Policing
- Political Science and the Study of Africa
- Political Systems, Precolonial
- Popular Culture and the Study of Africa
- Popular Music
- Population and Demography
- Postcolonial Sub-Saharan African Politics
- Sao Tomé and Príncipe
- Seychelles, The
- Slave Trade, Atlantic
- Slavery in Africa
- Social and Cultural Anthropology and the Study of Africa
- South Africa Post c. 1850
- Southern Africa to c. 1850
- States of the Zimbabwe Plateau and Zambezi Valley
- Sudan and South Sudan
- Swahili City States of the East African Coast
- Swahili Language and Literature
- Tanzania (Tanganyika and Zanzibar)
- Traditional Religion, African
- Trans-Saharan Trade
- Urbanism and Urbanization
- Wars and Warlords
- Western Sahara
- Women and African History
- Women and Colonialism
- Women and Politics
- Women and Slavery
- Women, Gender and the Study of Africa
- Women in 19th-Century West Africa
- Yoruba Language and Literature
- Yoruba States, Benin, and Dahomey