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Past Imperfect – Time and African Decolonization, 1945-1960 - Liverpool Scholarship Online
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Past Imperfect: Time and African Decolonization, 1945-1960

Pierre-Philippe Fraiture


This book examines French and Francophone intellectual history in the period leading to the decolonization of sub-Saharan Africa (1945-1960). The analysis favours the epistemological links between ethnology, museology, sociology, and (art) history. In this discussion, a specific focus is placed on temporality and the role ascribed by these different disciplines to African pasts, presents, and futures. It is argued here that the post-war context, characterized, inter alia, by the creation of UNESCO, the birth of Présence Africaine and the prevalence of existentialism, bore witness to the develo ... More

Keywords: Post-WW2 African intellectuals, Francophonie, Afrophone languages, African art, Decolonization of the humanities

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781800348400
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781800348400.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre-Philippe Fraiture, author

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