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Decolonization and African Society: The Labor Question in French and British Africa
This authoritative volume changes our conceptions of "imperial" and "African" history. Frederick Cooper gathers a vast range of archival sources to achieve a truly comparative study of colonial policy toward African labor forces. He shows how African trade union and political leaders used the new language of social change to claim equality and a share of power. In the end, ...more
Paperback, 700 pages
Published January 31st 2005 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 28th 1996)
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The breadth of this book is awesome. The concerns and policies of colonial labor administrators, the massive forces unleashed by industrialization (including proletarianization, mass migration, social recomposition on a huge scale), and the African response to this. Would have liked to see more voices of African workers themselves, but I can imagine that such sources are difficult if not impossible to find.