Imperial cities

Landscape, display and identity

Edited by Felix Driver and David Gilbert

Imperial cities

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6497-5
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £18.99
  • Published Date: July 2003
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, The arts / History of architecture, ARCHITECTURE / History / General, Colonialism & imperialism, History of architecture, History, Geography, Modern History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


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.


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


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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