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The City as Text: The Politics of Landscape Interpretation in the Kandyan Kingdom - Cambridge Human Geography (Paperback)
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The City as Text: The Politics of Landscape Interpretation in the Kandyan Kingdom - Cambridge Human Geography (Paperback)

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Paperback 244 Pages / Published: 01/09/2005
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In this book James Duncan convincingly argues that landscapes are not only culturally produced, but that they also influence governing ideas of political and religious life. He analyzes this dialectic relationship between landscape and the pursuit of power in the royal capital of Kandy in the central highlands of Sri Lanka during the early years of the nineteenth century and demonstrates how the Kandyan landscape was consciously produced to further the perceived interests of the Kandyan kings. Using extensive archival sources, architectural analysis and mapping, the author reveals how the landscape was designed to foster a certain hegemonic reading that spoke of the power, benevolence and legitimacy of the kings in their capital.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521611961
Number of pages: 244
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 14 mm


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"Duncan's book is an impressive piece of research and analysis, a valuable resource and stimulus for thinking about other landscapes in South and Southeast Asia." Dennis Hudson, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians
"Duncan's book is an impressive piece of research and analysis, a valuable resource and stimulus for thinking about other landscapes in South and Southeast Asia." Dennis Hudson, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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