Zanzibar Before the Transnational Storm: Considerations of the Uneven Stops and Starts of the Colonial Project

Author(s): Neil Norman; Adria LaViolette

Year: 2018

Summary

Much recent scholarship has addressed the uneven nature of the colonial project.  Metropoles are no longer theorized as monolithic fonts of culture or centers of political power.  Likewise, the dynamism and influence of peripheries are topics enjoying intense archaeological investigation.  This paper builds on such scholarship by exploring the fits and starts as well as the failures associated with early colonialism.  In so doing it provides a stark contrast between the tenuousness of early colonialism and its nadir; the latter often serves as the base of understanding for the entire colonial.  This paper reviews new findings from the Later Zanzibar Archaeological Project.  It focuses on a series of Portuguese and British colonial structures that lack the breadth and diversity of imported items or put another way the impressive materiality normally associated with colonialism. 

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Zanzibar Before the Transnational Storm: Considerations of the Uneven Stops and Starts of the Colonial Project. Neil Norman, Adria LaViolette. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441576)

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Temporal Keywords
1550-1800

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 527