Publication in French of the latest work by Frederick Cooper, a resident researcher at the IEA in Nantes from January to June 2009
Presentation of the editor:
Africa since 1940
Collection: Tests Payot
Translated from the English (USA) by Christian Jeanmougin
Original Title: Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present
Large Format | 320 pages. | Published: 15-10-2008 | Price: € 25.00
GENCOD: 9782228903509 | I.S.B.N. : 2-228-90350-7
Africa since 1940 is one of the most remarkable books written long ago about the history of contemporary Africa.
Clear, concise, documented, it proposes an approach that is both chronological and thematical to build a bridge between the colonial and postcolonial periods, examining the changes that have accompanied the end of empires, but also the processes that have perpetuated afterwards.
In addressing economic and social issues over the period 1945-2000 and by showing that African societies and the world took a "firewall", it goes beyond a sterile debate, one that assigns the causes of the current situation in Africa either in the legacy of colonialism or to poor governance. It examines the ways that Africans have found to live with - but also fight against - the economic and political constraints they would face.
Frederick Cooper is one of the most important specialists of current African history in the twentieth century. Professor of History at New York University, he was also Invited Professor at the University of Paris VII, Ecole Normale Superieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.