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Central African Republic

Oubangi-Shari achieved independence as the Central African Republic (CAR) on 13 August 1960. The second of four territories which had made up French Equatorial Africa to do so. Find out more about the history of the Central African Republic with these resources…

Central Africa Republic Timeline -- Part 1
From Prehistory to Independence (13 August 1960)

Central Africa Republic Timeline -- Part 2
From Independence (13 August 1960) to Kolingba's Coup (1 September 1981)

Central Africa Republic Timeline -- Part 3
From Kolingba's Coup (1 September 1981) to the Death of Bokassa (4 November 1996)

Central Africa Republic Timeline -- Part 4
From the Death of Bokassa (4 November 1996) to the Election of President Bozizé (May 2005)

Central Africa Republic Timeline -- Part 5
From the Election of President Bozizé (May 2005) to the Present Day

Central African Empire
What was the Central African Empire?

Background Notes: Central African Republic
A useful potted history is included with these US Department of State Background Notes on the Central African Republic. Also included is a range of political, economic, and geographical data, as well as information on its people, defence, and relations with the US.

Central African Republic History from Lonely Planet
A quirky, colloquial presentation of the Central African Republic’s history presented by LonelyPlanet.com. Makes awfully good reading and may galvanise your interest in Africa’s regional history. Not only suitable for travellers.

Central African Republic - a Country Profile from the BBC
An extremely brief historical overview accompanies this BBC Country Profile of the Central African Republic. Of particular interest are the simplified regional map (see where the country is in Africa), a photograph of Central African Republic’s current Chief of State, and details about the countries media.

Timeline for the Central African Republic from the BBC
A chronology of important events in the history of the Central African Republic given by year (and for more recent events by month also).

CIA World Fact Book: Central African Republic
A useful map and a range of geographical, political, and economic facts which are mostly up-to-date. Unfortunately this country profile lacks historical information (except for independence date), but the population statistics are probably the best available.

Central African Republic's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers
Updated weekly, this list of the Central African Republic's Chief of State and Cabinet Ministers is provided by the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States of America.

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