(Politics): Session at the European Association for Urban History Conference: Cities in Motion 2020

British Rule has left an obvious imprint on Mediterranean countries that had been under its command during the 19th and 20th century. Its presence in the urban tissue (case studies) in Mediterranean cities and the relationship between British Rule and local tradition are the main aims of the session.


British Rule has left an obvious imprint on Mediterranean countries that had been under its command during the 19th and 20th century. Despite the fact that the British Government was adjusted to the existing circumstances, the multicultural character of Mediterranean cities such as Corfu, Lefkas and Kefalonia in the Ionian State, Valetta in Malta and Nicosia in Cyprus is what actually determined the shape of their urban web on this particular time period.

This session intends to bring to light the presence of British Rule at the Mediterranean cities dealing with the following issues:

  • The presence of British Rule in the urban tissue (case studies) in Mediterranean cities
  • Different approaches of the British Rule between Mediterranean Cities and their expression in the public space. Comparisons between them.
  • The contribution of British Bureaucracy and technocracy as a lever of urban transformation.
  • The relationship between British Rule and local tradition and its expression on the urban tissue.
  • The transformation of existing buildings from the British Rule and the mutation of the urban symbols.
  • The British Rule as a tool of urban amelioration and development.
  • Location, typology and morphology of public buildings which have the role to enforce Britain presence.
  • Activities of British administrative organization after major crises such as the earthquake on 1825 in Lefkas.

  • Spokesperson: Amalia Kotsaki, Technical University of Crete
  • Co-organizer(s): 
  • Keywords: British rule | Mediterranean | Urban tissue
  • Time period: Premodern period (covering more than one period)
  • Topic(s): Architecture and urbanism | Political
  • Study area: Europe