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Africa since 1940 : The Past of the Present - Frederick Cooper

Africa since 1940

The Past of the Present


Published: 10th October 2002
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Frederick Cooper's latest book on the history of decolonization and independence in Africa initiates a new textbook series: New Approaches to African History. This text will help students understand the historical process out of which Africa's current position in the world has emerged. Bridging the divide between colonial and post-colonial history, it allows readers to see just 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.

'His writing is clear and based on careful use of data ... there is little doubt that it will become the standard text on the contemporary history of Africa.' Journal of African History 'This is brave stuff ... excellent prompts for getting students to think about the big question.' Journal of Modern African Studies

Introduction: From colonies to third world
Workers, peasants, and the crisis of colonialism
Citizenship, self-government, and development: the possibilities of the post-war moment
Ending empire and imagining the future; Interlude: rhythms of change in the post-war world
Development and disappointment: social and economic change in an unequal world
The late decolonizations: Southern Africa, 1975,1979, 1994
The recurrent crises of the gatekeeper state
Africa at the century's turn: Rwanda, South Africa, and beyond
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ISBN: 9780521776004
ISBN-10: 0521776007
Series: New Approaches to African History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 10th October 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38