Changes In Korean Colonialism

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Colonialism, in most cases, involves a strong or developed country and a weak or undeveloped country. The strong state brings significant changes to the colony to make it more convenient in achieving benefits from the colony. Such changes are made in the government, the economy, culture, and to a degree, the architecture on the colony. When looking at the method of how rulers executed these changes, especially in architecture and urban planning, the ruling style can be easily shown. The Government-General Building, built in 1926, located in Seoul, Korea, was a product of Japanese colonialism over Korea from 1901 to 1945. Japanese “ruled Korea with an iron fist with highly centralized corps of military police and gendarmes. The rule was very …show more content…
The need for urban planning was meant to assist the ruler. Newly introduced street system accommodated the transportation of the resources or the movement of the military, which was mostly the case for Algiers. New street networks often brought a shift to the location of the city centers. La Grand Poste, as a result of this, now sits in the center of Algiers where the junction of the several main boulevards and roads take place. It was between 1896 and 1914, when the building activity in Algiers was at its peak. During this time period “the municipality built sixty-six roads… two new boulevards replaced the former fortifications” (68 Celik) to open further developments of the south [Fig 1]. Originally at the Marine Quarter or The Waterfront [Fig. 2], the center changed it’s location from the north to the south. Boulevard Laferrier (now Mohamed Khemisti), one of the two new boulevards, is where La Grande Poste is located and is considered one of “a number of new monuments … (that) emphasized further the primacy of certain quarters” (Celik 68) [Fig. 3]. Part of the reason why Algiers underwent such a dramatic change with it’s development was that Algiers was “now considered the capital of French Africa and potentially a great city of commerce” (67 Celik). La Grande Poste is clearly a result of unilateral decisions of the French to accommodate their needs of the Algiers where consideration of the native Algerians is hardly seen, a clear example of strict unilateral assimilation of the

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