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Africa since 1940
The Past of the Present

2nd Edition



Part of New Approaches to African History

  • Publication planned for: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108480680

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  • Africa since 1940 is the flagship textbook in Cambridge University Press' New Approaches to African History series. Now revised to include the history and scholarship of Africa since the turn of the millennium, this important book continues to help students understand the process out of which Africa's position in the world has emerged. A history of decolonisation and independence, it allows readers to see just what political independence did and did not signify, and how men and women, peasants and workers, religious and local leaders sought to refashion the way they lived, worked and interacted with each other. Covering the transformation of Africa from a continent marked by colonisation to one of independent states, Frederick Cooper follows the 'development question' across time, seeing how first colonial regimes and then African elites sought to transform African society in their own ways. He shows how people in cities and villages tried to make their way in an unequal world, through times of hope, despair, renewed possibilities, and continued uncertainties. Looking beyond the debate over what or who may be to blame, Cooper explores alternatives for the future.

    • Ideal for courses on political science and 'Introduction to Africa' courses, and presumes no prior knowledge
    • Revisions to this edition are fully integrated into the existing structure, including new events and recent scholarship
    • Contains more emphasis on the ups and downs of African economies, and on the contrast between the political, social, and economic trajectories of different parts of Africa
    • The existing cases have been updated, and new cases introduced
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Publication planned for: July 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108480680
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Workers, peasants, and the challenge to colonial rule
    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: economic and social change in an unequal world, 1945–2018
    6. White rule, armed struggle, and beyond
    7. The recurrent crises of the gatekeeper state
    8. Twenty-first century Africa

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    Frederick Cooper

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    Frederick Cooper, New York University
    Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at New York University. Author and co-author of a number of books on the history of Africa and of empires, his recent books include Citizenship between Empire and Nation: Remaking France and French Africa, 1945–1960 (2014) and Citizenship, Inequality, and Difference: Historical Perspectives (2018). His books have won prizes from the American Historical Association, the African Studies Association, and the World History Association. He has conducted research in both East and West Africa, and has taught at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and has been a visiting professor in France.

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