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Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire$
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G. A. Bremner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198713326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713326.001.0001

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Architecture, Urbanism, and British Imperial Studies

(p.1) Introduction
Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire

G. A. Bremner

Oxford University Press

The introduction provides an overview of past and current trends in scholarship on the history of British imperial and colonial architecture and urban planning. Its focus concerns mainly the historiographic and methodological nature of the subject. It begins with a rationale by way of explaining the volume's aims, scope, and limitations, indicating the purposes for which it might best be used. The discussion then moves to consider in more detail the relationship between specific scholarship on architecture and urbanism and wider developments in British imperial historiography, especially New Imperial History, with some reflection on where the two overlap and how they might better interact. It then discusses some of the key innovations and limitations of scholarship on imperial and colonial architecture in recent years, before concluding with some thoughts on what direction scholarship in the field might take in the future.

Keywords:   architectural history, British imperial history, urban history, historiography, methodology, postcolonial theory

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