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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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South and South East Asia

South and South East Asia

(p.278) 8 South and South East Asia
Architecture and Urbanism in the British Empire

Preeti Chopra

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers several iconic buildings and domestic spaces that were central to British imperial rule in South and South East Asia. Imperial buildings were never simply copies of buildings in Britain and no single ideology or ‘style’ underpinned the architecture of the British empire. Rather, central to their production was articulating the relationship between ruler and ruled. This chapter shows that the British alone never wholly defined an architecture of empire in Asia. Instead, imperial architecture in Asia was a product of contact zones where colonial populations both challenged and collaborated with foreign colonial power by participating in the production, habitation, and thus characterization of its buildings and spaces.

Keywords:   ideology, hybrid, contact zone, collaboration, joint enterprise, post-colonial, domestic architecture, British empire, Indian subcontinent

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