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Urban Design, Chaos, and Colonial Power in Zanzibar

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Urban Design, Chaos, and Colonial Power in Zanzibar by Bissell, William Cunningham, 9780253222558
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  • ISBN: 9780253222558 | 0253222559
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/8/2010
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Across Africa and elsewhere, colonialism promised to deliver progress and development. In urban Zanzibar, the British vowed to import scientific techniques and practices, ranging from sanitation to urban planning -- to create a perfect city. However, William Cunningham Bissell shows how these plans had to be remade over and over again. He offers a different view of colonialism, urban space, and power -- one that is deeply marked by contradiction, confusion, and even chaos -- by exploring the flawed attempts of colonial power to impose order on a complex Islamic city. Bissell creates an engaging portrait of a vibrant and cosmopolitan African city while exposing colonial irrationality and bureaucratic folly.

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