Frederick Cooper at the Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin

Frederick Cooper
"Colonies, Empires, Nations – a 20th Century History"

The Cultural Legacy of German Colonial Rule
International multidisciplinary conference
Deutsches Historisches Museum & Humboldt Universität, Berlin
25-27 May 2016

By the 1950s and 1960s political leaders and scholars thought they were shaping another kind of world order based on the rejection of colonial empire and the right of all peoples to live in their own nation-state. Now in the early 21s Century that order itself is proving incapable of providing a stable and generally acceptable mode of governance.

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My concern today is [ … ] to sugest ways of thinking in an open-ended way about the relationship of different forms of the state in the 20th Century.

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The radical defence of the self-contained integrity of each state, big or little, misreads the multiple interconnections that shaped every polity, and the way in which norms and connections beyond the polity have been articulated with ideas and mobilizations within each polity.*

International multidisciplinary conference, 25 to 27 May 2016: The Cultural Legacy of German Colonial Rule. voicerepublic.com. 25 May 2016. Last viewed 13 Nov 2016

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. [Wikipedia: Frederick Cooper (historian)]

* Frederick Cooper: Colonies, Empires, Nations – a 20th Century History. International multidisciplinary conference, 25 to 27 May 2016: The Cultural Legacy of German Colonial Rule, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin. voicerepublic.com. 25 May 2016. URL: https://voicerepublic.com/talks/25-05-2016-the-cultural-legacy-of-german-colonial-rule. Last viewed 13 Nov 2016

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