The AEHN provides a unique opportunity to strengthening African economic history by providing primary data sets. The data is free to use but the principal investigator must be cited.
Annual Colonial reports for the following countries are made available online by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Other reports include Kenya, Northern Rhodesia, Nyasaland, Gambia, Nigeria, Basutoland, Swaziland, Uganda
Moradi, A. and S. Mylavarapu (2008). Men under Arms in Colonial Africa: East African Forces.
Leys, N. M. and T. A. Joyce (1913). Note on a Series of Physical Measurements from East Africa. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland 43(1): 195-267
Source: Fourie, J. And Von Fintel, D. (2010) ‘The dynamics of inequality in a newly settled, pre-industrial society’, Cliometrica 4(3): 229-267
Source: Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present‘ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931
Note: The population estimates in the data set are best guesses based on projections and best guesses, and do not represent actual population counts. For a description of the methods used to reach the annual population totals please see Frankema, E. and Jerven, M. (2014). ‘Writing History Backwards and Sideways: Towards a Consensus on African Population, 1850-present’ Economic History Review 67, S1, 907-931. The authors welcome comments and suggestions for improvements of the database.