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Tensions of EmpireColonial Cultures in a Bourgeois World$
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Frederick Cooper and Ann Laura Stoler

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780520205406

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520205406.001.0001

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Tradition in the Service of Modernity

Tradition in the Service of Modernity

Architecture and Urbanism in French Colonial Policy, 1900–1930

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(p.322) 9 Tradition in the Service of Modernity
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Tensions of Empire
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Gwendolyn Wright

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520205406.003.0010

This chapter explores urbanism and architecture under French colonial policy during the period from 1900 to 1930, and discusses how urban design can be allied with power, relying on the support of political administrators and using artistic skills to further political goals. It cites examples of French colonial architecture in the works of Le Corbusier, and concludes that the historical experience of French imperialism suggests the kind of questions one must ask when analyzing the intentions and effects of Western-sponsored urban reforms.

Keywords:   urbanism, architecture, French colonial policy, urban design, political goals, Le Corbusier, French imperialism, urban reforms

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