This New Edition, features a detailed chronology of the significant events that have taken place throughout the centuries; an extensive list of acronyms and abbreviations, in both English and Portuguese; maps; and an introductory essay that explains the richness of the land; its early history; and the current political, social, and economic conditions of its people. The more than 500 dictionary entries profile the significant persons, places, and events, as well as the political institutions and the economic and social achievements that are important to understanding Angola's history. For additional information, three appendices provide the name changes of places in Angola, the portfolios of the government, and an overview of Angola's oil production. The comprehensive bibliography concludes and complements this work with a selection of older works, and an emphasis on newer works written after 1990, as well as a useful selection of Internet sources, private sources, newspapers, and journals.
W. Martin James is Professor of political science at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Dr. James has visited Angola several times, and he was an electoral observer for the 1992 Angolan elections serving in Luanda, Huambo, and Lubango. He is the author of many articles and books, including A Political History of the Civil War in Angola 1974 - 1990.