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Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History

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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 ...more
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Published June 6th 2005 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Justin Dell
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: postcolonialism
This text is unquestionably the product of Frederick Cooper's prodigious erudition; the source material he draws from, and the historiographical issues he addresses, are legion. This survey is undoubtedly a required text for anyone interested in the history of colonialism, the state of the literature on that subject, and some of the contentious questions swirling around academia on this topic in the 21st century.

Cooper admonishes his colleagues and readership to avoid sharply separating and 'pa
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Excellent overview of African/Asian colonial historiography and concepts, with solid specific histories included.
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Very meaty introduction. The rest not so much. Perhaps three sentences about almost 80 years of Japanese imperialism and a map purporting to show the reach of the Empire of Japan in 1910 but which leaves out Taiwan and the possessions in Liaoning.
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This book is especially important for those of you who didn't realize that we should be questioning colonialism at all.
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Frederick Cooper is an American historian who specializes in colonialization, decolonialization, and African history. Cooper received his Doctor of Philosophy from Yale University in 1974 and is currently professor of history at New York University.

Cooper initially studied the labor movement in East Africa, but later moved on the a broader consideration of colonialism. One of his best known concep
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