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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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Propagating Ideas and Institutions

Propagating Ideas and Institutions

Religious and Educational Architecture

(p.159) 5 Propagating Ideas and Institutions
Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire

G. A. Bremner

Louis P. Nelson

Oxford University Press

Religious beliefs and educational practices were two of the most efficient and effective ways in which Britain transmitted and perpetuated modes of European civilization to the non-European world. In order to facilitate this civilizational transformation, church, school, and university buildings were essential. This chapter considers the differing shape, arrangement, and style these buildings acquired over time, including their adaption to foreign contexts, and the importance this had in realizing their social aims and representing their significance as cultural institutions. Important to this analysis is the extent to which religion and education were allied with respect to Britain’s imperial mission. Examples are examined from earliest times in the seventeenth century through to the mid-twentieth century, with comparisons made from across the British empire.

Keywords:   Christianity, education, architecture, empire, Britain, imperial mission, civilization, schools, churches, university

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