Building Colonialism: Archaeology and Urban Space in East Africa. By Daniel T. Rhodes. Bloomsbury Publishing, London / New Delhi / New York / Sydney, 2014, 192 pp. ISBN 9781472512598. £45.00 (Hardcover).

Building Colonialism: Archaeology and Urban Space in East Africa. By Daniel T. Rhodes. Bloomsbury... Book Review This is a study of a geographically restricted, but culturally and architecturally fascinating, element of East Africa, i.e. the towns of the Swahili coast and especially those that lie in modern Tanzania. No such examination of pre-colonial urbanisation and its transformation under colonial authority can do other than embrace a strong maritime theme, so that this book is of particular interest to the maritime archaeologist as well as the student of colonial history and urban change. After providing the necessary background regarding the history of external contacts, pre-colonial urban systems are described in terms of their economy and geography (waterfronts, trade, markets and residential areas). Using 19th-century explorers' writings and First World War records, Rhodes provides many details of how boats travelled the Swahili coast, places they could land, and the dangers of particular harbours. These details are often the earliest known that reference sailing craft behaviour off the coast, in known harbours, and on sailing routes. This leads to insights on how harbours operated and changed as administrative arrangements and technological developments occurred during this period. The volume covers a period of extensive change in ports on the East African coast as steam power puffed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of African Archaeology Brill

Building Colonialism: Archaeology and Urban Space in East Africa. By Daniel T. Rhodes. Bloomsbury Publishing, London / New Delhi / New York / Sydney, 2014, 192 pp. ISBN 9781472512598. £45.00 (Hardcover).

Journal of African Archaeology, Volume 13 (1): 119 – Nov 1, 2015

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© Copyright 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Book Review This is a study of a geographically restricted, but culturally and architecturally fascinating, element of East Africa, i.e. the towns of the Swahili coast and especially those that lie in modern Tanzania. No such examination of pre-colonial urbanisation and its transformation under colonial authority can do other than embrace a strong maritime theme, so that this book is of particular interest to the maritime archaeologist as well as the student of colonial history and urban change. After providing the necessary background regarding the history of external contacts, pre-colonial urban systems are described in terms of their economy and geography (waterfronts, trade, markets and residential areas). Using 19th-century explorers' writings and First World War records, Rhodes provides many details of how boats travelled the Swahili coast, places they could land, and the dangers of particular harbours. These details are often the earliest known that reference sailing craft behaviour off the coast, in known harbours, and on sailing routes. This leads to insights on how harbours operated and changed as administrative arrangements and technological developments occurred during this period. The volume covers a period of extensive change in ports on the East African coast as steam power puffed

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