Modernizing Colonialism and the Limits of Empire

Frederick Cooper is professor of history at New York University. His latest work has focused on 20th century African history, theoretical and historical issues in the study of colonial societies, and the relationship of social sciences to decolonization. In addition to critical essays on the concepts of “identity” and “globalization,” his recent publications include Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present (2002) and Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa (1996)

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