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Frederick Cooper's latest book on the history of decolonization and independence in Africa helps students understand the historical process from which Africa's current position in the world has emerged. Bridging the divide between colonial and post-colonial history, it shows what political independence did and did not signify and how men and women, peasants and workers, religious leaders and local leaders sought to refashion the way they lived, worked, and interacted with each other.Read more
- The flagship book of a new series addressed to students
- Ideal for courses on political science and 'Introduction to Africa' courses
- Re-shapes our analysis of the last 60 years of African history, moving away from event-centred approaches and shallow left-right analyses
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"Historian Frederick Cooper combined his strong suit in comparative history and his interest in historicizing and interrogating bodies of knowledge to produce this welcome and welcoming study of the past of Africa's present as the inaugral volume of the New Approaches to African History Series....is as accessible as it is packed with solid, current information in useful formats." Journal of Colonialism and Colonial HistorySee more reviews
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- Date Published: October 2002
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521776004
- length: 230 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.32kg
- contains: 35 b/w illus. 5 maps 2 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: From colonies to third world
2. Workers, peasants, and the crisis of colonialism
3. Citizenship, self-government, and development: the possibilities of the post-war moment
4. Ending empire and imagining the future
Interlude: rhythms of change in the post-war world
5. Development and disappointment: social and economic change in an unequal world
6. The late decolonizations: Southern Africa, 1975, 1979, 1994
7. The recurrent crises of the gatekeeper state
8. Africa at the century's turn: Rwanda, South Africa, and beyond.
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