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Building Colonialism: Archaeology and Urban Space in East Africa - Debates in Archaeology (Hardback)
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Building Colonialism: Archaeology and Urban Space in East Africa - Debates in Archaeology (Hardback)

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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 25/09/2014
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Building Colonialism draws together the relationship between archaeology and history in East Africa using techniques of artefact, building, spatial and historical analyses to highlight the existence of, and accordingly the need to conserve, the urban centres of Africa's more recent past. The study does this by exploring the physical remains of European activity and the way that the construction of harbour towns directly reflects the colonial mission of European powers in the nineteenth century in Tanzania and Kenya. Based on fieldwork which recorded and analysed the buildings and monuments within these towns it compares the European creations to earlier Swahili urban design and explores the way European commercial trade systems came to dominate East Africa. Based on the kind of Urban Landscape Analyses carried out in the UK and Ireland, Building Colonialism looks at the social and spatial implications of the towns on the Indian Ocean coast which contain centres of derelict and unused buildings dating from East Africa's nineteenth-century colonial era. The book begins by concentrating upon towns in Tanzania and Kenya which were the key entry points into Africa for the nineteenth-century colonial regimes and compares these to later French and Italian colonies and discusses contemporary approaches to the conservation of colonial built heritage and the difficulties faced in ensuring valid participatory protection of the urban heritage resource.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781472512598
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 15 mm


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Daniel T. Rhodes passionately challenges archaeologists to acknowledge the impacts of diverse European colonialisms on East Africa's urban built environments and presents an innovative and far-reaching call to action. This is a significant advance in the cause of global historical archaeology.
In this short but powerful book, Daniel Rhodes passionately challenges archaeologists to acknowledge the impacts of diverse European colonialisms on East Africa's urban built environments. By incorporating pre-colonial, colonial, and post-colonial cultural expressions in his sweeping analysis, he presents an innovative and far-reaching call to action. He opens up new vistas for interpretation and debate in contemporary archaeology. This is a significant advance in the cause of global historical archaeology.
In this insightful book, Dan Rhodes makes a compelling case for the need and importance of studying and protecting the standing buildings and other architectural remains associated with the colonial era in Africa. This is the first comparative study of these from an archaeological perspective. With its focus on the similarities and differences in the use of space and architecture as colonial practices between the European powers, and their heritage legacies in the 21st century, this book should be essential reading for heritage managers on the continent and anyone interested in the complexities and enactment of colonial rule in Africa.
This is an innovative and exciting volume that adds a significant archaeological perspective to the debates surrounding the emergence of early modern society in East Africa.

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