"The collaboration of Isaacman and Roberts is a fruitful one; their introduction is broad and impressive, and it launches a discussion of cotton production at the continental level that seems both new and substantial.... Indeed, the collection presents the issue of cotton production as a metaphor for the whole colonial experience in Africa."-Patrick Manning, Northeastern University
About the Author
ALLEN ISAACMAN is professor of history and director of the MacArthur Program on Peace and International Cooperation at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Mozambique: The Africanization of a European Institution, (1972), The Tradition of Resistance in Mozambique (1976), Mozambique from Colonialism to Revolution (1983), Cotton, Colonialism, and Social History in Sub-Saharan Africa (1995), and Cotton is the Mother of Poverty: Peasants, Work, and Rural Struggle in Colonial Mozambique, (1995).
RICHARD ROBERTS is professor of history and director of African studies at Stanford University. He has published widely on the social and economic history of the Western Sudan, including Warriors, Merchants, and Slaves: The State and the Economy in the Middle Niger Valley, 1700-1914 (1987), and Two Worlds of Cotton: Colonialism and the Regional Economy of the French Soudan (forthcoming), and has co-edited two volumes on African colonial history: Law i