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(Co-author with Jane Burbank) Empires in World History, Power and the Politics of Difference. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010. Also in French, Spanish, German, and Turkish translations. Russian, Chinese, and Korean translations in preparation.
Colonialism in Question: Theory, Knowledge, History. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. Also in French and German translations.
Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. Also in French translation.
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(Co-author with Rebecca Scott and Thomas Holt) Beyond Slavery: Explorations of Race, Labor, and Citizenship in Postemancipation Societies. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. Also in Portuguese translation.
(Co-author, with Allen Isaacman, Florencia Mallon, William Roseberry, and Steve Stern) Confronting Historical Paradigms: Peasants, Labor, and the Capitalist World System in Africa and Latin America. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1993.
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From Slaves to Squatters: Plantation Labor and Agriculture in Zanzibar and Coastal Kenya, 1890-1925. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1980
Plantation Slavery on the East Coast of Africa. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977
Struggle for the City: Migrant Labor, Capital, and the State in Urban Africa. Beverly Hills, California: Sage, 1983.
Tensions of Empire: Colonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997 (with Ann Stoler).
International Development and the Social Sciences: Essays in the History and Politics of Knowledge. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997 (with Randall Packard).
Societies after Slavery: A Select Annotated Bibliography of Printed Sources on the British West Indies, British Colonial Africa, South Africa, Cuba, and Brazil. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2002 (with Rebecca Scott, Thomas Holt, and Aims McGuiness).
Lessons of Empire: Imperial Histories and American Power. New York: New Press, 2006 (with Craig Calhoun and Kevin Moore).
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"'Our Strike': Equality, Anticolonial Politics, and the French West African Railway Strike of 1947-48," Journal of African History 37 (1996): 81-118.
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