Zanzibar was the most important port of East Africa during the 19th century. It's dramatic rise to prominence was wholly dependent on serving as an entrepot to the Western Indian Ocean and the rest of the industrializing world.

Short Bibliography:

Bennett, Norman. A history of the Arab State of Zanzibar. London: Metheun, 1978.

Burton, Richard F. Zanzibar: City, Island, and Coast. 2 volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872.

Clayton, Anthony. The Zanzibar revolution and its aftermath. Hamden: Archon Books, 1981.

Cooper, Frederick. Plantation Slavery on the East Coast of Africa. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977.

Cooper, Frederick. From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor and Agriculture in Zanzibar and Coastal Kenya, 1890-1925. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980.

Fair, Laura. Pastimes & Politics: Culture, Community, and Identity in Post-Abolition Urban Zanzibar, 1890-1945. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2001.

Gray, John. History of Zanzibar, from the Middle Ages to 1856. London: Oxford University Press, 1962.

Ingrams, William. Zanzibar, its history and its people. London: H. F. & G. Witherby, 1931.

Lofchie, Michael F. Zanzibar: background to revolution. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1965.

Prins, A. H. J. The Swahili-Speaking Peoples of Zanzibar and the East African Coast. London: International African Institute, 1961.

Ruete, Emilie. Memoirs of an Arabian princess. London: East-West Publications, 1981.

Sheriff, Abdul. Slaves, spices, & ivory in Zanzibar: integration of an East African commercial empire into the world economy, 1770-1873. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1987.

Sheriff, Abdul. History and Conservation of Zanzibar Stone Town. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1995.


Web Resources:

ZanzibarNet Stone Town

Mythical Restoration of Stone Town