Cameroon by Mark DeLancey, Peter J. Schraeder

By Mark DeLancey, Peter J. Schraeder

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4 maps. bibliog. This book is one of the popular general French series entitled Que Sais-je? It is useful for quick reference as well as providing the reader with a comprehensive overview of the subject examined. The geography, history, political structures and processes, social and cultural evolution, and economic development of Cameroon are outlined in this volume. Concise writing is matched with important data to provide the newcomer to Cameroon studies or the interested traveller with an overview of the country.

Five plates depict various aspects of Zintgraff's travels. Page 8 17 African majesty: a record of refuge at the court of the King of Bangangté in the French Cameroons. F. Clement C. Egerton. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1939. 348p. map. The author describes in great detail his travels in French Cameroon in 1938. The first part of the account presents Egerton's sojourn in Ebolowa among the Bulu people on his way to Bangangté. However, most of the volume concentrates on the author's several months study with N'Jike II, the tenth king of Bangangté.

Another aspect of French rule should be noted, namely, a tendency to plan large-scale, multipurpose projects for rural development which were originated with little or no participation of the rural population in the planning and with little understanding of the dynamics of Cameroon rural life, or even the great variety that occurs between rural areas of Cameroon. Rural development and the Republic of Cameroon In recent years the RC has begun to view agricultural development as the keystone of overall economic development for the country.

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