1939-1960 History of West Africa






Independence, since 1960



In 1960 the REPUBLIC OF UPPER VOLTA became independent. The young republic was politically instable, constitutions being passed in 1960, 1970 and 1977, coups d'etat in 1966, 1974, 1980 and 1983, a border conflict with Mali and massive drought in the early 1970es adding to the problems.
In the coup of 1983, Captain THOMAS SANKARA took power. He had the country renamed BURKINA FASO (the land of the incorruptible). However, political stability did not set in; Sankara was assassinated in 1987 in yet another coup, a new constitution reintroduced multiparty democracy in 1991.





EXTERNAL
FILES
Burkina Faso, History of, from Infoplease
CASCON Case GUV : Ghana - Upper Volta 1964-1966, by L.P. Bloomfield, L. Moulton
Upper Volta : The Party System 1950-1956 and 1957-1962, from Kenneth Janda, Political Parties : A Cross-National Survey (1980)
DOCUMENTS Flag of Burkina Faso, from FOTW, Flag of Upper Volta 1959-1984 from FOTW
Banknotes, from Ron Wise's World Paper Money, scroll down
REFERENCE Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1961 p.727 (on events of 1960) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1962 p.717 (on events of 1961) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1963 p.832 (on events of 1962) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1964 p.851 (on events of 1963) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1965 pp.850-851 (on events of 1964) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1966 pp.794 (on events of 1965) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1967 pp.790-791 (on events of 1966) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1968 pp.794-795 (on events of 1967) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1969 p.786 (on events of 1968) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1970 p.785 (on events of 1969) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1971 p.767 (on events of 1970) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1972 p.721 (on events of 1971) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1973 pp.719-720 (on events of 1972) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1974 p.716 (on events of 1973) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1975 pp.722-723 (on events of 1974) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1976 p.722 (on events of 1975) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1977 p.723 (on events of 1976) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1978 p.721 (on events of 1977) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1979 p.723 (on events of 1978) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1980 p.721 (on events of 1979) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1981 p.718 (on events of 1980) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1982 p.719 (on events of 1981) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1983 p.719 (on events of 1982) [G]
Article Upper Volta, from Britannica Book of the Year 1984 p.719 (on events of 1983) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, from Britannica Book of the Year 1985 pp.460, 461 (on events of 1984) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, from Britannica Book of the Year 1986 pp.456, 643 (on events of 1985) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, from Britannica Book of the Year 1988 pp.385, 564 (on events of 1987) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, from Britannica Book of the Year 1989 pp.385, 564 (on events of 1988) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, from Britannica Book of the Year 1990 pp.402, 580 (on events of 1989) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1993 pp.357, 574 (on events of 1992) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1994 pp.355, 574 (on events of 1993) [G]
Article Burkina Faso, in : Britannica Book of the Year 1995 pp.384-385, 574 (on events of 1994) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1970-1971 pp.945-946 (data of 1969-1970) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1975-1976 pp.1454-1455 (data of 1974-1975) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1978-1979 pp.1560-1561 (data of 1977-1978) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1980-1981 pp.1566-1567 (data of 1979-1980) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1983-1984 pp.1567-1569 (data of 1982-1983) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1984-1985 pp.1563-1565 (data of 1983-1984) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1985-1986 pp.248-250 (data of 1984-1985) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1987-1988 pp.249-252 (data of 1986-1987) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1988-1989 pp.248-251 (data of 1987-1988) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1989-1990 pp.250-253 (data of 1988-1989) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1990-1991 pp.248-250 (data of 1989-1990) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1991-1992 pp.250-253 (data of 1990-1991) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1992-1993 pp.250-253 (data of 1991-1992) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1993-1994 pp.250-253 (data of 1992-1993) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1994-1995 pp.244-247 (data of 1993-1994) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1995-1996 pp.236-239 (data of 1994-1995) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1996-1997 pp.252-255 (data of 1995-1996) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1997-1998 pp.257-260 (data of 1996-1997) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 1998-1999 pp.286-290 (data of 1997-1998) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2000 pp.341-345 (data of 1998-1999) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2001 pp.329-333 (data of 1999-2000) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2002 pp.345-349 (data of 2000-2001) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2003 pp.342-346 (data of 2001-2002) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2004 pp.343-347 (data of 2002-2003) [G]
Article : Burkina Faso, in : Statesman's Yearbook 2005 pp.338-342 (data of 2003-2004) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : The World in Figures 1st ed. 1976 pp.103-104 [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : The World in Figures 2nd ed. 1978 pp.103-104 [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : The World in Figures 4th ed. 1984 pp.102-103 [G]
Entry : Burkina Faso, Cabinet, p.18; Background Notes : Burkina Faso, pp.351-355, in : Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook, 2003 [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1961 p.798 (on events of 1960) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1962 p.806 (on events of 1961) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1963 p.716 (on events of 1962) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1964 p.700 (on events of 1963) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1965 p.727 (on events of 1964) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1967 p.726-727 (on events of 1966) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1968 p.722 (on events of 1967) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1969 p.729 (on events of 1968) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1970 p.730 (on events of 1969) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1971 p.736 (on events of 1970) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1972 p.734 (on events of 1971) [G]
Article : Upper Volta, in : Americana Annual 1973 p.732 (on events of 1972) [G]
Entry : Burkina Faso, pp.312-315 in : IMF, International Financial Statistics Yearbook 2001 [G]



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First posted in 2001, last revised on September 28th 2007

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