Architectural relics of nineteenth and twentieth-century colonialism 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.

part |20 pages


part I|64 pages

Colonial spaces in postcolonial metropoles

chapter 3|23 pages

The Axum Obelisk

Shifting concepts of colonialism and empire in Fascist and 21st-century Rome

chapter 4|20 pages

Postcolonial Berlin

Reckoning with traces of German colonialism

part II|60 pages

Between postcolonial metropoles and postcolonies

chapter 5|19 pages

Erasing the Ketchaoua Mosque

chapter 6|18 pages

All empire is a stage

Italian colonial exhibitions in continuum Stephanie Malia Hom

chapter 7|21 pages

The legacy of colonial architecture in South Korea

The Government-General Building of Chosŏn revisited

part IV|68 pages

Globalization and heritage in contemporary postcolonies

chapter 11|19 pages

The riad’s resurgence

Questioning the historical legacy and neocolonial currency of the Moroccan courtyard house

chapter 12|21 pages

Cultivating (post)colonialism

Architecture, landscape, and the politics of the Taiwan Sugar Corporation

part |12 pages