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Buildings of Empire (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 28/11/2013
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Buildings of Empire takes the reader on an exciting journey through thirteen territories of the British Empire. From Dublin Castle to the glass and steel of Sir Norman Foster's Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank skyscraper, these buildings capture the essence of the imperial experience, painting an intimate portrait of the biggest empire the world has ever seen: the people who made it and the people who resisted it, as well as the legacy of the imperial project throughout the world. Ashley Jackson visits classic examples of the buildings that the British governed from, the forts they (often brutally) imposed their rule from, the railway stations they travelled from, the banks they traded from, the educational establishments they spread their values from, as well as the grand colonial hotels they stayed in, the sporting clubs and botanical gardens where they took their leisure, and the monumental exhibition spaces in which they celebrated the achievements of settlement and imperial endeavour. The history of these buildings does not end with the empire that built them. Their story in the aftermath of empire highlights the continuing legacy of many of the structures and institutions the British left behind, as well as the sometimes unexpected role that these former symbols of alien rule have played in the establishment of new national identities in the years since independence.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199589388
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 738 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 26 mm


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A particularly interesting analysis of the influence of the British, using well-chosen examples to explain his view. An absorbing study which encourages the reader to visit these remarkable places. * Phil Bloomfield, Oxford Times *
This book - at one level a deliciously adventurous romp along the byways of Empire - is also an intelligent and important work, as valuable and of as lasting importance as the buildings it so lovingly chronicles. * Simon Winchester, author of Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire and co-author of Stones of Empire: Buildings of the Raj *
these studies illuminate many aspects of British imperial history as the sites evolved over time and often in very particular ways. * Eugenia W. Herbert, American Historical Review *

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