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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Empire Building

Empire Building

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Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses how colonialism transformed the architecture of both colonizers and the colonized. Between 1800 and 1940 every country in Africa and most countries in Asia came under European or—more rarely—American or Japanese control. Europeans introduced new architectural and urban planning ideas in order to propagate their own authority as well as to create familiar environments for themselves. The results, however, inevitably differed from their models. Meanwhile, new indigenous elites deployed imported architectural forms in order to modernize in a process that eventually encompassed resistance to foreign rule, while existing elites deployed precolonial architectural precedents in new ways to buttress their own claims to authority.

Keywords:   architecture, colonization, Europe, Asia, Africa, colonialism

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