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Title:Port Sudan: the evolution of a colonial city
Author:Perkins, Kenneth J.ISNI
Series:State, culture, and society in Arab North Africa
City of publisher:Boulder, Col.
Publisher:Westview Press
Geographic terms:Sudan
Great Britain
urban history
Abstract:This study describes the history of Port Sudan, founded in 1904 as a modern seaport to facilitate the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan's expanded commerce. It first examines the efforts of Port Sudan's builders and early administrators to tailor the urban environment to their own notions of the ideal colonial city. Then it focuses on the interwar period, describing how the rapid growth of Port Sudan and its harbour posed insurmountable challenges to the maintenance of this ideal. Although the Sudanese population within the city steadily increased, their exclusion from any meaningful participation in municipal affairs during these years left them physically and psychologically isolated. The situation began to change after World War II, but conditions in the postwar era only compounded long-standing political, economic and social problems in Port Sudan, ensuring that the city the Sudanese inherited in 1956 still bore the marks of its colonial origins.