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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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The Metropolis

The Metropolis

Imperial Buildings and Landscapes in Britain

(p.125) 4 The Metropolis
Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire

G. A. Bremner

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the impact of global empire upon the urban environments and building culture of Britain. Beginning in the seventeenth century and working its way through to c.1960, it traces the way in which ideas relating to imperial expansion, global trade, and political authority found expression in a range of projects, including individual buildings and monuments, urban planning strategies, landscape gardening, exhibition and museum spaces, as well as building decoration schemes. It also considers how the reinvestment of colonial wealth in bricks and mortar transformed the urban and rural landscapes of Britain, from port infrastructure and townhouse construction to country estate acquisition and renovation. Examples from across the length and breadth of Britain are discussed, demonstrating how Britain—the metropolis of empire—must be understood as part of British imperial society and culture.

Keywords:   Britain, the metropolis, imperialism, architecture, London, Glasgow, identity, colonial wealth

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