African Underdevelopment: Historical Perspectives - Robert L. Tignor

December 04, 2009
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PBRC Distinguished Speaker Series Presents

Dr. Robert L. Tignor

“African Underdevelopment: Historical Perspectives”

Friday, December 4th, 2009 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Pauling 216


Dr. Robert L. Tignor is currently the Professor Emeritus at Princeton University’s History Department, holding the title of Rosengarten Professor of Modern and Contemporary History. His area of focus lies in Africa. Dr. Tignor taught history at Princeton for 46 years, during which he was chair of the department for 14 years. His courses include African history and world history and has done research on British colonialism and its aftermath, world history, and the modern histories of Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya. He introduced the first course in African history at the university in the early 1960s and the first course in world history in the 1980s. He was honored by Princeton University Graduate School and the Middle East Studies Association for mentoring of students. Dr. Tignor is also affiliated with the Program in Near Eastern Studies and the Program in African Studies. Some of his publications include Modernization and British Colonial Rule in Egypt (1966), The Colonial Transformation of Kenya (1976), State, Private Enterprise, and Economic Change in Egypt (1984), Egyptian Textiles and British Capital (1989), Capitalism and Nationalism at the End of Empire: State and Business in Decolonizing Egypt, Nigeria, and Kenya (1998), and Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: A History of the Modern World (2002).