Inner empire

Architecture and Imperialism in the British Isles, 1550-1950

Edited by Daniel Maudlin and Alex Bremner

Inner empire
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  • ISBN: 9781526142665
  • Publish Date: Jul 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4266-5
    • Pages: 360
    • Price: £90.00
    • Published Date: July 2024
    • Series: Studies in Imperialism


    Inner Empire explores the impact of imperial cultures on the landscapes and urban environments of the British Isles from the sixteenth century through to the twentieth century. It asserts that Britain's four-hundred year entanglement with global empire left its mark upon the British Isles as much as it did the wider world. Buildings stood as one of the most conspicuous manifestations of the myriad relationships that Britain maintained with the theory and practice of colonialism in its modern history. Divided into two main sections, the volume's content considers 'internal' colonisation and its infrastructures of control, order, and suppression, alongside wider relationships between architecture, the imperial economy, and cultural identity. Taken together, the essays in this volume present for the first time a coherent analysis of the British Isles as an imperial setting understood through its buildings, spaces, and infrastructure.


    Introduction: The Architectural Historiography of 'Inner Empire'

    Part I: The Inner Empire
    1. Cultivation, Constructed Environments, and Cultural Conflict: Plantations and the Inner Empire
    J. P. Montaño
    2.Making North Britain: Infrastructure Projects and the Forcible Integration of the Scottish Highlands
    Daniel Maudlin
    3. 'Housing the Poorest Poor': the Irish Other in Nineteenth-Century Liverpool
    John Belchem
    4.Architecture of the State in Ireland: The Colonial Question, 1800-1922
    Richard Butler
    5. Studied Indifference: Eighteenth-century Irish Architecture in Modern British Architectural Histories
    Conor Lucey

    Part II: Empire Building in Britain
    6.An Empire Under Construction: The View from Inside East India House
    Emily Mann
    7. Foreign Mud, Home Comforts: Taipans, Opium, and the Remitted Wealth of Jardine, Matheson & Co. in Scotland
    G. A. Bremner
    8. Spaces of Empire in Victorian and Edwardian London
    Richard Dennis
    9. Australia House: Shaping Dominion Status in the Imperial Capital, 1907-63
    Eileen Chanin
    10. Empire Timber: Architecture, Trade, and Forestry, 1920-1950
    Neal Shasore
    11. How to Live in Britain: The Indian YMCA in Fitzroy Square
    Mark Crinson


    G. A. Bremner is Professor of Architectural History at the University of Edinburgh
    Daniel Maudlin is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Plymouth

    Inner empire

    Edited by Daniel Maudlin, Alex Bremner

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