The country of Gabon, located in equatorial Africa on the Atlantic coast, gained its independence from France on August 17, 1960. Its strong economic base in mining, forestry, and especially petroleum has made Gabon one of the most prosperous nations in the area. It also boasts the longest serving African head of state in President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, who, having won election after election, has been in power since 1967. The third edition of the Historical Dictionary of Gabon provides crucial information about the country's important persons, places, events, and institutions. This is done through the use of several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries, an introductory essay, a chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, maps, and a comprehensive bibliography.
David E. Gardinier is Professor Emeritus of History at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His publications include the history of Francophone Africa, in particular Gabon since the 1840s and contemporary affairs. Douglas A. Yates is assistant professor of political science at the American University of Paris and professor of research methodology at the University of Paris-Pontoise. His publications concern the political economy of Gabon since the 1950s and its international relations.
Part 1 List of Maps and Tables Part 2 Editor's Foreword Part 3 Acknowledgments Part 4 Reader's Notes Part 5 Acronyms and Abbreviations Part 6 Maps Part 7 Chronology Part 8 Introduction Part 9 THE DICTIONARY Part 10 Appendixes Chapter 11 A. French Governors and Governors-General Chapter 12 B. Presidents and Prime Ministers Chapter 13 C. Roman Catholic Bishops Chapter 14 D. Statistics Part 15 Bibliography Part 16 About the Authors