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Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History

Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History

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  • Frederick Cooper
  • University of California Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780520244146
  • 9.02 X 6.12 X 0.82 inches
  • 0.97 pounds
  • History > Africa - General
  • English
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In this closely integrated collection of essays on colonialism in world history, Frederick Cooper raises crucial questions about concepts relevant to a wide range of issues in the social sciences and humanities, including identity, globalization, and modernity. Rather than portray the past two centuries as the inevitable movement from empire to nation-state, Cooper places nationalism within a much wider range of imperial and diasporic imaginations, of rulers and ruled alike, well into the twentieth century. He addresses both the insights and the blind spots of colonial studies in an effort to get beyond the tendency in the field to focus on a generic colonialism located sometime between 1492 and the 1960s and somewhere in the West. Broad-ranging, cogently argued, and with a historical focus that moves from Africa to South Asia to Europe, these essays, most published here for the first time, propose a fuller engagement in the give-and-take of history, not least in the ways in which concepts usually attributed to Western universalism-including citizenship and equality-were defined and reconfigured by political mobilizations in colonial contexts.
Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History

Author Bio

Frederick Cooper. Professor Emeritus of History New York University College of Arts & Science covered topics empires, colonization and decolonization. 

 

Research Interests 

Modern Africa; empires in world history; colonization and decolonization; the social sciences and the colonial situation

Education 


B.A., Stanford University, 1969, with Great Distinction
Ph.D., Yale University, 1974

 

Source: New York University College of Arts & Science 

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