Interiors of Empire: Objects, Space and Identity within the Indian Subcontinent, c. 1800-1947 - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)
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Interiors of Empire: Objects, Space and Identity within the Indian Subcontinent, c. 1800-1947 - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 01/11/2007
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Interiors of Empire uses the methods of design history and material culture studies to analyse the domestic and public interiors of the British and local middle class during the heyday of the British Raj. It contrasts representations of that space within contemporary discourse with analysis of historical evidence, the varying uses of such space, and relevant social practices.

Through detailed discussion of these texts, spaces, objects and practices, this study locates the domestic interiors and public spaces of empire in the history of the British colonisation of India. The book discusses the imagined barrier of the domestic against the local environment, the intrusions of the local and the effects of this on the British in India, and assesses the gradual westernisation of domestic and public spaces of empire.

This work will be of interest to students and scholars of design history, material culture and colonial history.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719069420
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 812 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 23 mm


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"'This book makes a major contribution in an important and largely neglected field. It heralds the coming of age not only the study of the colonial interior but the interior more generally, a field which stands at the intersection of design history, architectural history, anthropology, cultural geography and social and imperial history.' Professor Tim Barringer, Yale University"

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