Michael Crowder

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Michael Crowder (June 9, 1934 – August 14, 1988)[1][2] was a British historian and author notable for his books on the history of Africa and particularly on the history of West Africa.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Michael was born in London and educated at Mill Hill School. After earning a first class honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Hertford College, Oxford University in 1957, he returned to Lagos (he had previously been conscripted to the Nigeria Regiment in Lagos from 1953-1954 for his British national service[5]) to become first Editor of Nigeria Magazine in 1959.[5]

Academic career[edit]

Michael commenced his career as a secretary at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan. In 1964 he was Visiting Lecturer in African History at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Institute of African Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 1965.

While in Nigeria from 1968 to 1978 he was appointed as Research Professor and Director of the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ife. Afterwards, he became Professor of History at Ahmadu Bello University and finally as Research Professor in History at the Centre for Cultural Studies at the University of Lagos in the 1970s. He worked as an editor for the British Magazine History Today after his return to London in 1979. He was also Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the LSE, and Professor of History at the University of Botswana in the 1980s while he worked as a Consultant Editor until his death.[6][7][8][9]

Selected books[edit]

  • The Story of Nigeria (1962)
  • West Africa Under Colonial Rule (1968)
  • United States Marine Corps Aviation Squadron Lineage, Insignia & History: The Fighter Squadrons VMF, VMF(N), VMF(AW), VMFA & FMFA(AW) (1968)[citation needed]
  • West African Resistance (1971)
  • West Africa: An Introduction to its History (1977)
  • Akin Goes to School, co-authored with Christie Ade Ajayi (1978)
  • Colonial West Africa (1978)
  • The Cambridge History of Africa (1984)


  1. ^ West Africa. West Africa Publishing Company Limited. July 1988.
  2. ^ Patricia Burgess; Roland Turner (1988). The Annual Obituary. St. James Pr.
  3. ^ David C. L. Lim (1 January 2005). The Infinite Longing for Home: Desire and the Nation in Selected Writings of Ben Okri and K.S. Maniam. Rodopi. pp. 105–. ISBN 90-420-1677-9.
  4. ^ Ashley Jackson (1999). Botswana, 1939-1945: An African Country at War. Clarendon Press. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-0-19-820764-1.
  5. ^ a b "Michael Crowder". Goodreads. Retrieved January 5, 2016.
  6. ^ Kalu Ogbaa (1999). Understanding Things Fall Apart: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (The Greenwood Press "Literature in context" series). Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-313-3029-47. ISSN 1074-598X.
  7. ^ A. I. Asiwaju (1985). Partitioned Africans: Ethnic Relations Across Africa's International Boundaries, 1884-1984. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. ISBN 978-0-905-8389-15.
  8. ^ J. F. Ade Ajayi (1992). People and empires in African history: essays in memory of Michael Crowder. Longman. ISBN 978-0-582-08997-6.
  9. ^ "Michael Crowder (Biographical details)". British Museum. Retrieved 2 January 2016.