Late Colony
1939-1960
History of West Africa






Independence : Dahomey 1960-1975, Benin since 1975



Independence was declared in 1960, the capital being PORTO NOVO. The country went through a period of political instability and frequently changing administrations, until in 1972 Major MATHIEU KEREKOU took power in a coup d'etat, proclaiming Dahomey a Marxist-Leninist state. The country was renamed into Benin in 1975. Communism was abolished in 1989, multiparty democracy reintroduced, elections held in 1991.





EXTERNAL
FILES
History of Benin, from Infoplease
Dahomey : The Party System in 1950-1956 and 1957-1962, in : Kenneth Janda, Political Parties : A Cross-National Survey
DOCUMENTS Flag of Benin, from FOTW
Banknotes, from Ron Wise's World Paper Money, scroll down
Benin Archive, from Africa Online (archive of articles)
REFERENCE Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1961 p.193 (on events of 1960) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1962 p.203 (on events of 1961) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1963 p.307 (on events of 1962) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1964 p.299 (on events of 1963) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1965 pp.282-283 (on events of 1964) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1966 pp.232-233 (on events of 1965) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1967 pp.253-254 (on events of 1966) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1968 pp.260 (on events of 1967) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1969 pp.246-247 (on events of 1968) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1970 p.250 (on events of 1969) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1971 p.240 (on events of 1970) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1972 p.217 (on events of 1971) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1973 pp.209-210 (on events of 1972) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1974 p.225 (on events of 1973) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1975 p.208 (on events of 1974) [G]
Article Dahomey, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1976 p.226 (on events of 1975) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1977 pp.170-171 (on events of 1976) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1978 p.225 (on events of 1977) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1979 p.223 (on events of 1978) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1980 pp.219-220 (on events of 1979) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1981 p.218 (on events of 1980) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1982 pp.218-219 (on events of 1981) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1983 pp.214-215 (on events of 1982) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1984 pp.211-212 (on events of 1983) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1985 pp.460, 638 (on events of 1984) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1986 pp.455-456, 634 (on events of 1985) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1988 pp.384-385, 555 (on events of 1987) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1989 pp.384, 555 (on events of 1988) [G]
Article Benin, from Britannica Book of the Year 1990 pp.401, 571 (on events of 1989) [G]
Article Benin, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1993 pp.356, 565 (on events of 1992) [G]
Article Benin, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1994 pp.354-355, 565 (on events of 1993) [G]
Article Benin, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1995 pp.379-380, 565 (on events of 1994) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1970-1971 pp.944-945 (data of 1969-1970) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1975-1976 pp.859-860 (data of 1974-1975) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1978-1979 pp.209-211 (data of 1977-1978) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1980-1981 pp.208-209 (data of 1979-1980) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1983-1984 pp.209-211 (data of 1982-1983) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1984-1985 pp.208-210 (data of 1983-1984) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1985-1986 pp.207-209 (data of 1984-1985) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1987-1988 pp.207-210 (data of 1986-1987) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1988-1989 pp.207-210 (data of 1987-1988) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1989-1990 pp.208-211 (data of 1988-1989) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1990-1991 pp.208-211 (data of 1989-1990) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1991-1992 pp.207-210 (data of 1990-1991) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1992-1993 pp.207-210 (data of 1991-1992) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1993-1994 pp.208-211 (data of 1992-1993) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1994-1995 pp.203-206 (data of 1993-1994) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1995-1996 pp.192-195 (data of 1994-1995) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1996-1997 pp.207-210 (data of 1995-1996) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1997-1998 pp.215-218 (data of 1996-1997) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1998-1999 pp.240-244 (data of 1997-1998) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2000 pp.291-295 (data of 1998-1999) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2001 pp.283-287 (data of 1999-2000) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2002 pp.297-301 (data of 2000-2001) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2003 pp.295-299 (data of 2001-2002) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2004 pp.297-301 (data of 2002-2003) [G]
Article : Benin, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2005 pp.291-295 (data of 2003-2004) [G]
Article : Benin, in : The World in Figures 1st ed. 1976 p.57 [G]
Article : Benin, in : The World in Figures 2nd ed. 1978 pp.56-57 [G]
Article : Benin, in : The World in Figures 4th ed. 1984 pp.56-57 [G]
Entry : Travel Warning - Benin, pp.423-425, in : Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook, 2000, Supplement [G]
Entry : Republic of Benin, Cabinet, p.13; Background Notes : Benin, pp.308-312, in : Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook, 2003 [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1961 p.202 (on events of 1960) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1962 p.206 (on events of 1961) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1963 p.194 (on events of 1962) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1964 p.193 (on events of 1963) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1965 p.212 (on events of 1964) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1967 p.230 (on events of 1966) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1968 p.217 (on events of 1967) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1969 p.228 (on events of 1968) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1970 p.220 (on events of 1969) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1971 pp.232-233 (on events of 1970) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1972 p.223 (on events of 1971) [G]
Article : Dahomey, in : Americana Annual 1973 p.216 (on events of 1972) [G]
Entry : Benin, pp.274-279 in : IMF, International Financial Statistics Yearbook 2001 [G]



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