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Africa since 1940 the past of the present. Frederick Cooper [Text]

By: Cooper 1947-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2002Description: xiii, 216 p. ill. maps 23 cm pbk.ISBN: 9780521776004.Subject(s): Africa -- Politics and government -- 1945-1960 | Africa -- Politics and government -- 1960- | Africa -- Colonial influence | Decolonization -- Africa -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 960.32
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Includes bibliographical references and index

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • 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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Within the 60 years covered in this compact book, Africa south of the Sahara has transited from dependency to independence, from exploitive and extractive foreign development to (mostly) indigenously controlled underdevelopment, and from liberal anticolonialism to (often) predatory local autocracy. Cooper (New York Univ.) charts well the trajectory of these many contradictory changes in a series of deftly conceived chapters--four on the era leading up to and including the struggle for separation, five largely about decolonized black Africa and the last antiwhite battles for freedom. The overall story is stirring, but also, as Cooper rightly presents it, disturbing. The leadership failures, wrong turns, economic catastrophes, and disappointed hopes of so many Africans are presented well, and with a strong personal point of view. "Not the least of the losses dating from the 1970s has been the national imagination," Cooper laments. As a text, rather than a commentary, the brief compass of the book cannot even begin to do justice to nuance and detail across the vast swath of sub-Saharan history since 1940. Too much is, perforce, left out. Regrettably, too, the analysis of Africa's discontent is sometimes less authoritative than politically and economically naive and fashionable. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. I. Rotberg Harvard University

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