Neocolonialism and Built Heritage: Echoes of Empire in Africa, Asia, and Europe

1st Edition

Daniel E. Coslett

Routledge
July 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages - 96 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138368385 - CAT# K397057
Series: Architext

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Summary

Architectural relics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and Japanese colonialism — actively exploited and experienced neocolonialist sites of memory — dot cityscapes throughout our globalizing world, just as built traces of colonialism remain embedded within the urban fabric of many European capitals.

Neocolonialism and Built Heritage addresses the sustained presence and influence of historic built environments and processes inherited from colonialism within the contemporary lives of cities in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Novel in their focused consideration of ways in which these built environments reinforce neocolonialist connections among former colonies and colonizers, states and international organizations, the volume’s case studies engage highly relevant issues such as historic preservation, heritage management, tourism, toponymy, and cultural imperialism.

Interrogating the life of the past in the present, authors thus challenge readers to consider the roles played by a diversity of historic built environments in the ongoing asymmetrical balance of power and unequal distribution capital around the globe. They present buildings’ maintenance, management, reuse, and (re)interpretation, and in so doing they raise important questions, the ramifications of which transcend the specifics of the individual sites and architectural histories they present.

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