Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Public space and nation: Constructing national culture after independence
by Cook, Danielle N., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 108; 1527908
Abstract (Summary)

In this thesis, I use the cities of Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and Montreal, Canada as case studies to analyze the connection between architecture, nationalism, and the influence of colonialism. Each of these cities was directly influenced by French urban development as these cities were reshaped in order to change the people, history, or culture of specific geographies. As these countries gained independence from France they used architecture as a way to express national identity to local populations in order to collectivize them, as well as a way to express this "unified" identity to the international community. This is rooted in the urban policies of the European colonizers which focused on teaching indigenous populations European morality, aesthetics, and rational use of space, but also in the creation of maps, drawings, and other material to express the colonial identity of these territories.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schrank, Sarah
Commitee: Berquist, Emily, Keirn, Timothy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: History
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: World History, Modern history
Keywords: Montreal, Phnom Penh, Yamoussoukro
Publication Number: 1527908
ISBN: 9781303984327
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