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Cooper, Frederick 1947-

Works: 136 works in 459 publications in 5 languages and 17,869 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Other, Interviewee, Opponent, Thesis advisor, Distributor
Classifications: DT30, 960.32
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Most widely held works by Frederick Cooper
Colonialism in question : theory, knowledge, history by Frederick Cooper( )

29 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and German and held by 2,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Tensions of empire : colonial cultures in a bourgeois world by Frederick Cooper( )

29 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and held by 2,397 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starting with the premise that Europe was made by its imperial projects as much as colonial encounters were shaped by events and conflicts in Europe, the contributors to Tensions of Empire investigate metropolitan-colonial relationships from a new perspective. The fifteen essays demonstrate various ways in which "civilizing missions" in both metropolis and colony provided new sites for clarifying a bourgeois order. Focusing on the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries, they show how new definitions of modernity and welfare were developed and how new discourses and practices of
International development and the social sciences : essays on the history and politics of knowledge by Randall M Packard( )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 1,903 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays - written by scholars in many fields - e×amine the production, transmission and implementation of ideas about development within historical, political and intellectual conte×ts, emphasizing the changing meanings of development over the past 50 years
Africa in the world : capitalism, empire, nation-state by Frederick Cooper( )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 1,308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the Second World War's end, it was clear that business as usual in colonized Africa would not resume. W. E. B. Du Bois's The World and Africa, published in 1946, recognized the depth of the crisis that the war had brought to Europe, and hence to Europe's domination over much of the globe. Du Bois believed that Africa's past provided lessons for its future, for international statecraft, and for humanity's mastery of social relations and commerce. Frederick Cooper revisits a history in which Africans were both empire-builders and the objects of colonization, and participants in the events that gave rise to global capitalism. Of the many pathways out of empire that African leaders envisioned in the 1940s and 1950s, Cooper asks why they ultimately followed the one that led to the nation-state, a political form whose limitations and dangers were recognized by influential Africans at the time. Cooper takes account of the central fact of Africa's situation--extreme inequality between Africa and the western world, and extreme inequality within African societies--and considers the implications of this past trajectory for the future. Reflecting on the vast body of research on Africa since Du Bois's time, Cooper corrects outdated perceptions of a continent often relegated to the margins of world history and integrates its experience into the mainstream of global affairs.--
Empires in world history : power and the politics of difference by Jane Burbank( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book "departs from conventional European and nation-centered perspectives to take a remarkable look at how empires relied on diversity to shape the global order. Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa," the authors "examine empires' conquests, rivalries, and strategies of domination, emphasizing how empires accommodated, created, and manipulated differences among populations."--Jacket
Africa since 1940 : the past of the present by Frederick Cooper( Book )

30 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 983 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Frederick Cooper's latest book on the history of decolonization and independence in Africa initiates a new textbook series: New Approaches to African History. His book will help readers understand the historical processes which have shaped Africa's current position in the world. Covering the last half-century, it bridges the divide between colonial and post-colonial history, allowing readers to see just what political independence did and did not signify. The book follows the "development question" across time, seeing how first colonial regimes and then African governments sought to transform African societies in their own ways. Readers will see how men and women, peasants and workers, religious leaders and local leaders found space within the crevices of state power to refashion the way they lived, worked, and interacted with each other. And they will see that the effort to turn colonial territories into independent nation-states was only one of the ways in which radical political and social movements imagined their future and how deeply the claims of such movements continued to challenge states after independence. By looking at the post-war era as a whole, one can begin to understand the succession of crises that colonial and post-colonial states faced without getting into a sterile debate over whether a colonial "legacy" or the failings of African governments are the cause of Africa's current situation."--Jacket
Citizenship between empire and nation : remaking France and French Africa, 1945-1960 by Frederick Cooper( )

20 editions published between 2014 and 2017 in English and French and held by 852 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As the French public debates its present diversity and its colonial past, few remember that between 1946 and 1960 the inhabitants of French colonies possessed the rights of French citizens. Moreover, they did not have to conform to the French civil code that regulated marriage and inheritance. One could, in principle, be a citizen and different too. Citizenship between Empire and Nation examines momentous changes in notions of citizenship, sovereignty, nation, state, and empire in a time of acute uncertainty about the future of a world that had earlier been divided into colonial empires. Frederick Cooper explains how African political leaders at the end of World War II strove to abolish the entrenched distinction between colonial "subject" and "citizen." They then used their new status to claim social, economic, and political equality with other French citizens, in the face of resistance from defenders of a colonial order. Africans balanced their quest for equality with a desire to express an African political personality. They hoped to combine a degree of autonomy with participation in a larger, Franco-African ensemble. French leaders, trying to hold on to a large French polity, debated how much autonomy and how much equality they could concede. Both sides looked to versions of federalism as alternatives to empire and the nation-state. The French government had to confront the high costs of an empire of citizens, while Africans could not agree with French leaders or among themselves on how to balance their contradictory imperatives. Cooper shows how both France and its former colonies backed into more "national" conceptions of the state than either had sought
Plantation slavery on the east coast of Africa by Frederick Cooper( Book )

17 editions published between 1977 and 2002 in English and held by 851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond slavery : explorations of race, labor, and citizenship in postemancipation societies by Frederick Cooper( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collaborative work, three leading historians explore one of the most significant areas of inquiry in modern historiography--the transition from slavery to freedom and what this transition meant for former slaves, former slaveowners, and the societies in which they lived. Their contributions take us beyond the familiar portrait of emancipation as the end of an evil system to consider the questions and the struggles that emerged in freedom's wake. Thomas Holt focuses on emancipation in Jamaica and the contested meaning of citizenship in defining and redefining the concept of freedom; Reb
Decolonization and African society : the labor question in French and British Africa by Frederick Cooper( Book )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and Italian and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This detailed and authoritative volume changes our conceptions of "imperial" and "African" history. Frederick Cooper gathers a vast range of archival sources in French and English to achieve a truly comparative study of colonial policy towards the recruitment, control, institutionalization of African labor forces from the mid-1930s, when the labor question was first posed, to the late 1950s, when decolonization was well under way." "Professor Cooper explores colonial conceptions of the African worker, and shows how African trade union and political leaders used the new language of social change to claim equal wages, equal benefits, and share of power. This helped to persuade European officials that their post-war project of building a "modern" Africa within the colonial system was both unaffordable and politically impossible. France and Great Britain left the continent, insisting the they had made it possible for Africans to organize wage labor and urban life in the image of industrial societies while abdicating to African elites responsibility for the consequences of the colonial intervention. They left behind the question of how much the new language for discussing social policy corresponded to the lived experience of African workers and their families and how much room for maneuver Africans in government or in social movements had to recognize work, family, and community in their own ways."--Jacket
On the African waterfront : urban disorder and the transformation of work in colonial Mombasa by Frederick Cooper( Book )

15 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizenship, belonging, and political community in Africa : dialogues between past and present by Samantha Balaton-Chrimes( )

3 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Africa, it is often said, is suffering from a crisis of citizenship. At the heart of the contemporary debates this apparent crisis has provoked lie dynamic relations between the present and the past, between political theory and political practice, and between legal categories and lived experience
From slaves to squatters : plantation labor and agriculture in Zanzibar and coastal Kenya, 1890-1925 by Frederick Cooper( Book )

12 editions published between 1980 and 1997 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confronting historical paradigms : peasants, labor, and the capitalist world system in Africa and Latin America by Frederick Cooper( Book )

10 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 454 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Struggle for the city : migrant labor, capital, and the state in urban Africa by Frederick Cooper( Book )

15 editions published between 1983 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 367 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lessons of empire : imperial histories and American power( Book )

5 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Citizenship, inequality, and difference : historical perspectives by Frederick Cooper( Book )

10 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Offers an overview of citizenship's complex evolution, from ancient Rome to the present. Political leaders and thinkers still debate, as they did in Republican Rome, whether the presumed equivalence of citizens is compatible with cultural diversity and economic inequality. The author presents citizenship as 'claim-making'--the assertion of rights in a political entity. What those rights should be and to whom they should apply have long been subjects for discussion and political mobilization, while the kind of political entity in which claims and counterclaims have been made has varied over time and space. Citizenship ideas were first shaped in the context of empires. The relationship of citizenship to 'nation' and 'empire' was hotly debated after the revolutions in France and the Americas, and claims to 'imperial citizenship' continued to be made in the mid-twentieth century. [The author] examines struggles over citizenship in the Spanish, French, British, Ottoman, Russian, Soviet, and American empires, and ... explains the reconfiguration of citizenship questions after the collapse of empires in Africa and India. The author explores the tension today between individualistic and social conceptions of citizenship, as well as between citizenship as an exclusionary notion and flexible and multinational conceptions of citizenship."--
Le colonialisme en question théorie, connaissance, histoire by Frederick Cooper( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in French and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: Qu’est-ce que le colonialisme et comment peut-on en écrire l’histoire ? Pourquoi les études coloniales suscitent-elles un regain d’intérêt depuis les années 1980 ? Comment des concepts tels que « identité », « globalisation » et « modernité » sont-ils utilisés par les historiens ? Qu’est-ce que l’empire colonial et quel imaginaire véhicule-t-il ? L’histoire coloniale peut-elle se réduire à la domination et à l’oppression ? Un livre essentiel, fécond, d’une très grande portée intellectuelle et déjà reconnu comme une référence incontournable
Imperien der Weltgeschichte : das Repertoire der Macht vom alten Rom und China bis heute by Jane Burbank( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in German and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Empires : de la Chine ancienne à nos jours by Jane Burbank( Book )

4 editions published in 2011 in French and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Colonialism in question : theory, knowledge, history
Tensions of empire : colonial cultures in a bourgeois worldInternational development and the social sciences : essays on the history and politics of knowledgeEmpires in world history : power and the politics of differenceAfrica since 1940 : the past of the presentPlantation slavery on the east coast of AfricaBeyond slavery : explorations of race, labor, and citizenship in postemancipation societiesDecolonization and African society : the labor question in French and British AfricaFrom slaves to squatters : plantation labor and agriculture in Zanzibar and coastal Kenya, 1890-1925
Alternative Names
Frederick Cooper Amerikaans historicus

Frederick Cooper historiador americano

Frederick Cooper historiador estadunidense

Frederick Cooper historien américain

Frederick Cooper US-amerikanischer Historiker

Фредерик Купер

فردریک کوپر تاریخ‌نگار آمریکایی

쿠퍼, 프레더릭

English (262)

German (15)

French (10)

Italian (1)

Spanish (1)