Building Colonialism: Nineteenth-Century Colonial Tanzania and its Urban Representation

Author(s): Daniel Rhodes

Year: 2013


Tanzania’s coastal harbour towns underwent phenomenally rapid transformation from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s. This was the result of British and German colonialism and the development of a new capitalist system of economic and social control. This new western design served to re-define the earlier systems of capitalist exchange within the formally Omani dominated Swahili Coast.  The various systems of appropriation and reorganisation are represented in the urban landscape and resulted in the development of distinct building and town designs. These physical representations of division and control will be discussed along with the legacy of these groupings and their contribution to continuing ethnic divisions and social conflict.   

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Building Colonialism: Nineteenth-Century Colonial Tanzania and its Urban Representation. Daniel Rhodes. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428460)


Africa Colonialism Urban

Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Temporal Keywords
Nineteenth Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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PaperId(s): 130