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Imperial Cities: Landscape, Display and Identity (Studies in Imperialism) Hardcover – September, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0719054136 ISBN-10: 0719054133

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  • Series: Studies in Imperialism
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719054133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719054136
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,572,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Felix Driver is Reader in Geography, and David Gilbert is Senior Lecturer in Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric Vertommen on December 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Imperial cities offer an unexpected view of the late 19th, early 20th century imperial cities. The book is divided in 3 parts, Imperial Landscapes, Imperial Display and Imperial Identities and gives us several examples in each category.
In Imperial landscapes we see London, Rome, Paris, Vienna. London is a world trade hub with a hodgepodge urbanism upgrading its landscape to match its global position after cities like Paris, Brussels and Vienna created their own landscapes to match their global status. Rome, the recent capital of Italy wants to become a national symbol and erase centuries of papal power. Paris is consciously targeting rich travellers, intellectuals, artists to become the world capital of pleasure and attract who's who in the World by her beauty. Vienna is trying to combine tradition of her centuries old empire, cultures of her multinational empire and prove the world she is also capital of an industrial power but does not quiet succeed. And a last chapter dedicated to the Bank of England remodelling between 1919-1939 shows the evolution from Imperial to Late Imperial England and its impact on the building concept.
In Imperial Display we see the the Pageant of London in 1911, the colonial exposition of Marseilles, `capital of the French colonies' in 1920, the Iberoamerican Fair of Sevilla in 1929, the colonial displays at Sydenham Crystal Park and the tropical plants in English gardens to analyse the imperial discourse and how Imperial cities see their world.
In Imperial Identities, authors show us Glasgow, imperial municipality and the importance of the Empire for the city, the way empires do impact on man clothing and identities between 1860-1914 and reactions to Empire, the Pan-African Conference of London in 1900.
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