The use of photography as primary source for the writing of urban History

ADD Tour horloge construction 1

While fiercely struggling for its independence during the second half of the 19th century, Ethiopia extended considerably its territory. A region of meadows and mountains, at the southern march, became the centre of the country in its new borders. There, in 1886, what was first founded as a garrison camp for its strategic position became Addis Abäba, soon the new capital at the crossroads of the world.

This communication aims to highlight the part played by the national sovereignty and its recognition in the particular process of the Ethiopian capital foundation and its perpetuation, as well as its development during the 20th century. The main growing phases of Addis Abäba might only be understood in terms of its international context whilst Ethiopian sovereignty and independence were jeopardized. During those particular times, the rulers used Addis Abäba as a stage for its performance, expanding the city and provided it with architectural and monumental heritage.

For this, they drew in the country’s long-time history, in the strong commitment to the Ethiopian Christianity – the Täwahǝdo – and into the Kǝbrä Nägäst the national myth. The successive systems and reigns until the 21st century have adopted the same urban and building response.

http://www.ices20-mu.org/displayAbstracts.php?abstract_0516-06

ADD - Club français

 

This paper was communicated during ICES20, October 2018, Mäqällä University, Ethiopia (http://ices20-mu.org/index.html)

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s