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Introduction: ‘The Chief Exporter of Municipalities’

World population has more than doubled in the past fifty years, and is increasingly concentrated in the towns and cities of what is still called the Third World. Many of these were created in the process of British colonial expansion over the past four hundred years. There is a growing literature in cultural geography and history on Britain’s imperial past, and the colonial city. This book aims to contribute to that study, with its main focus upon the ‘South’, exploring some of the ideas and policies applied to the creation of colonial towns and cities, and the ‘powerknowledge relationships’ at work (to use a Foucaultian term).