Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present

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Cambridge University Press, 2002 - History - 216 pages
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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.
 

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Really interesting look as how African nations evolved from their colonial heritage to what they are today, and how the states are continuations of the colonial regimes set up in place. I enjoyed the ... Read full review

Contents

Workers peasants and the crisis of colonialism
20
Citizenship selfgovernment and development the possibilities of the postwar moment
38
Ending empire and imagining the future
66
rhythms of change in the postwar world
85
Development and disappointment social and economic change in an unequal world 19452000
91
The late decolonizations southern Africa 1975 1979 1994
133
The recurrent crises of the gatekeeper state
156
Africa at the centurys turn South Africa Rwanda and beyond
191
Index
205
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Frederick Cooper is Professor of History at New York University.

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