Of Planting and Planning: The making of British colonial cities [NOOK Book]

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‘At the centre of the world-economy, one always finds an exceptional state, strong, aggressive and privileged, dynamic, simultaneously feared and admired.’ - Fernand Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Centuries



This, surely, is an apt description of the British Empire at its zenith.


Of Planting and Planning explores how ...

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Of Planting and Planning: The making of British colonial cities

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Overview

‘At the centre of the world-economy, one always finds an exceptional state, strong, aggressive and privileged, dynamic, simultaneously feared and admired.’ - Fernand Braudel, Civilization and Capitalism, 15th–18th Centuries



This, surely, is an apt description of the British Empire at its zenith.


Of Planting and Planning explores how Britain used the formation of towns and cities as an instrument of colonial expansion and control throughout the Empire. Beginning with the seventeenth-century plantation of Ulster and ending with decolonization after the Second World War, Robert Home reveals how the British Empire gave rise to many of the biggest cities in the world and how colonial policy and planning had a profound impact on the form and functioning of those cities.



This second edition retains the thematic, chronological and interdisciplinary approach of the first, each chapter identifying a key element of colonial town planning. New material and illustrations have been added, incorporating the author's further research since the first edition. Most importantly, Of Planting and Planning remains the only book to cover the whole sweep of British colonial urbanism.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781135945893
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/17/2013
  • Series: Planning, History and Environment Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Home is Professor of Land Management, Anglia Law School, Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: 'The Chief Exporter of Municipalities' 1
1 The 'Grand Modell' of Colonial Settlement 8
The Components of the Model 9
The Evolution of the Model 15
The Influence of the 'Grand Modell' 29
2 'Planting is My Trade': The Shapers of Colonial Urban Landscapes 36
The New Professionals of Colonial Settlement 36
The Supporting Ideologies 46
The Colonial City as 'A Terrain of Conflict and Negotiation' 53
3 Port Cities of the British Empire: A 'Global Thalassocracy' 62
The Rise of Port Cities in the Colonial Economy 63
The Municipal Government of Laissez-Faire 65
Reforming the Port Infrastructure 70
The Effect of the Plague: Sanitary Surveillance and the Improvement Trusts 74
4 The 'Warehousing' of the Labouring Classes 85
The Search for New Housing Forms 86
Barrack Housing: 'Comfort, Privacy and Decency are Impossible' 93
Other Types of Worker Housing: 'Pestilential Plague Spots' 101
Housing in the Twentieth Century: New Directions 107
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