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By G. A. Bremner

All through trendy postcolonial international, structures, monuments, parks, streets, avenues, complete towns even, stay as witness to Britain's as soon as notable if afflicted imperial prior. those buildings are a conspicuous and close to inescapable reminder of that earlier, and for that reason, the outfitted history of Britain's former colonial empire is a basic a part of how we negotiate our postcolonial identities, usually mendacity on the center of social stress and debate over how that identification is better represented.

This quantity offers an summary of the architectural and concrete alterations that happened around the British Empire among the 17th and mid-twentieth centuries. even though a lot examine has been conducted on structure and concrete making plans in Britain's empire in contemporary a long time, no unmarried, complete reference resource exists. The essays compiled right here treatment this deficiency. With its vast chronological and neighborhood assurance through prime students within the box, this quantity will fast turn into a seminal textual content in the event you learn, educate, and learn the connection among empire and the outfitted atmosphere within the British context. It offers an updated account of prior and present historiographical ways towards the research of British imperial and colonial structure and urbanism, and should end up both beneficial to people who learn structure and urbanism in different ecu imperial and transnational contexts.

The quantity is split in major sections. the 1st part offers with overarching thematic matters, together with construction typologies, significant genres and sessions of task, networks of craftsmanship and the transmission of rules, the intersection among making plans and politics, in addition to the architectural impression of empire on Britain itself. the second one part builds at the first by way of discussing those topics relating to particular nation-states, teasing out the differences and continuities observable in context, either functional and theoretical.

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7 This is borne out in Thomas Metcalf ’s overview of the historiography of the subject published in 1999. See Metcalf, ‘Architecture in the British Empire’. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 05/08/16, SPi Introduction 7 early as the 1970s by historians working at the one-time periphery of the imperial world, such as J. G. A. ¹8 Since then, the notion of the metropolis as part of Britain’s imperial experience has become widely understood. ¹9 The reconnection of these once disparate histories has made a very welcome addition to scholarship in the field, both widening and complicating our conception of what constitutes ‘British imperial architecture’.

1–9. 4¹ Metcalf, Imperial Connections, pp. 6–13. Indeed, Metcalf has ventured what such a reframed architectural history of the British empire might look like in the chapter entitled ‘Constructing Identities’ (pp. 46–67). The same would apply to places such as Australia. See J. Broadbent, S.  Steven, India, China, Australia: Trade and Society 1788–1850 (Sydney, 2003), as well as the development of domestic housing, as Anthony King has demonstrated with the global spread of the bungalow typology.

Kubler, ‘What Can Historians Do for Architects’, Perspecta, vol. 9/10 (1965), pp. 299–302. ¹7 This is borne out in Thomas Metcalf ’s overview of the historiography of the subject published in 1999. See Metcalf, ‘Architecture in the British Empire’. OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 05/08/16, SPi Introduction 7 early as the 1970s by historians working at the one-time periphery of the imperial world, such as J. G. A. ¹8 Since then, the notion of the metropolis as part of Britain’s imperial experience has become widely understood.

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