Imperial Cities: Landscape, Display and Identity

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Imperial cities explores the influence of imperialism in the landscapes of modern European cities including London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Marseilles, Glasgow and Seville. Examines large-scale architectural schemes and monuments, including the Queen Victoria Memorial in London and the Vittoriano in Rome. Focuses on imperial display throughout the city, from spectacular exhibitions and ceremonies, to more private displays of empire in suburban gardens. Cconsiders the changing cultural and political identities in the imperial city, looking particularly at nationalism, masculinity and anti-imperialism.

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"This volume will certainly be original, scholarly and important. It is genuinely multi-disciplinary effort and . . . considers a very wide range of very important themes across the arts, humanities and social sciences."—Mike Hefferman, Loughborough University.
Presents revised papers from a May 1997 conference, exploring the influence of imperialism in the landscapes of modern European cities. Looks at ways cities still display signs of their imperial past, not only in their architecture and monuments, but also in the ways in which their identities are constructed by their inhabitants and by international tourists. Examines imperial display throughout many cities, from spectacular exhibitions and ceremonies to more private displays of empire in suburban gardens, and considers the changing cultural and political identities in the imperial city, focusing on nationalism, masculinity, and ant-imperialism. Includes b&w modern and historical illustrations and photos of buildings, gardens, and historical events. The editors are affiliated with Royal Holloway, University of London. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719064975
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2004
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism
  • Edition description: Illustrate
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Felix Driver is Reader in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London

David Gilbert is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London

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Table of Contents

1. Imperial cities: overlapping territories, intertwined histories - Felix Driver & David Gilbert

2. 'A grand work of noble conception': the Victoria Memorial and imperial London - Tori Smith

3. Empire in modern Rome: shaping and remembering an imperial city, 1870-1911- David Atkinson, Denis Cosgrove & Anna Notaro

4. Capitale du plasir: the remaking of imperial Paris - Claire Hancock

5. The Potemkin city: tourist images of late imperial Vienna - Jill Steward

6. Imperial visions: rebuilding the Bank of England 1919-39 - Iain Black

7. Staging the imperial city: the Pageant of London, 1911- Deborah S. Ryan

8. 'Capital of the Colonies': real and imagined boundaries between metropole and empire in 1920s Marseilles - Yael Simpson Fletcher

9. Commemorating empire in twentieth-century Seville - Anthony Gristwood

10. Portable iron structures and uncertain colonial spaces at the Sydenham Crystal Palace - Andrew Hassam

11. 'The scenery of the torrid zone': imagined travels and the culture of the exotics in nineteenth century British gardens - Rebecca Preston

12. 'The Second City of the Empire': Glasgow - imperial municipality - John M. MacKenzie

13. Sartorial spectacle: clothing and masculine identities in the imperial city, 1860-1914 - Christopher Breward

14. Anti-imperial London: the Pan-African Conference of 1900 - Jonathan Schneer

Afterword - Postcolonial times: the visible and the invisible - Bill Schwartz


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