Colonial city
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It is apparent that there are “many different ways” (Max Weber) of defining a town; so also a colonial city. Recently, scholars have established a distinction between an “imperial city” (Metropolis) and a “colonial city” [1]. The former includes European cities like Paris, London, and Hamburg, which have been lastingly shaped, architecturally, administratively, and economically, by their colonial histories. The latter are local centers in the colonies (Colonial empire), either founded by the colonial masters or undergoing a massive process of urbanization in th…

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Eckert, Andreas, “Colonial city”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_022413>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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