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Africa since 1940

Africa since 1940
The Past of the Present

Part of New Approaches to African History

  • Date Published: December 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521776004
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  • Frederick Cooper's book on the history of decolonization and independence in Africa is part of the textbook series New Approaches to African History. This text will help students understand the historical process out of which Africa's 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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

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    • Date Published: December 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521776004
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.375kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 5 maps 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • 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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    Africa since 1940

    Frederick Cooper

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  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • African History and Cultures
    • African Intersections: Contemporary Problems in the Anthropology of Africa
    • Background to African Civilizations and Cultures, 1890-present
    • Contemporary Africa: Exploring Myths, Engaging Realities
    • Contemporary African Politics
    • Globalization: Intersocietal Relations
    • Introduction to Africa
    • Modern Africa: 1880-1980
    • Modern African History
    • Postcolonial Africa
    • Readings in Modern Africa
    • Selected Topics: Freedom and Unfreedom in African History
    • Sub-Sahara African Econ-Hist
    • Sub-Saharan Africa After 1800
    • Survey of African History
    • The Making of Modern Africa
    • Third World Area Studies: African Politics
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    Frederick Cooper, New York University

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