Imperial Cities: Landscape, Display and Identity

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Felix Driver, David Gilbert
Manchester University Press, Oct 17, 2003 - Architecture - 304 pages
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The fifteen essays in this book explore the influence of imperialism in a range of urban centres, including London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Marseilles, Glasgow and Seville. The first part on "imperial landscapes" is devoted to large-scale architectural schemes and monuments, including the Queen Victoria Memorial in London and the Vittoriano in Rome. In the second part, the focus is on imperial display throughout the city, from spectacular exhibitions and ceremonies, to more private displays of empire in suburban gardens. The final part considers the changing cultural and political identities in the imperial city, looking particularly at nationalism, masculinity and anti-imperialism.
 

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Contents

Imperial cities overlapping territories intertwined histories
1
A grand work of noble conception the Victoria Memorial and imperial London
21
Empire in modern Rome shaping and remembering an imperial city 18701911
40
Capitale du plaisir the remaking of imperial Paris
64
The Potemkin city tourist images of late imperial Vienna
78
Imperial visions rebuilding the Bank of England 191939
96
Staging the imperial city the Pageant of London 1911
117
Capital of the Colonies real and imagined boundaries between metropole and empire in 1920s Marseilles
136
Portable iron structures and uncertain colonial spaces at the Sydenham Crystal Palace
174
The scenery of the torrid zone imagined travels and the culture of exotics in nineteenthcentury British gardens
194
The Second City of the Empire Glasgow imperial municipality
215
Sartorial spectacle clothing and masculine identities in the imperial city 18601914
238
Antiimperial London the PanAfrican Conference of 1900
254
Postcolonial times the visible and the invisible
268
Index
273
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Commemorating empire in twentiethcentury Seville
155

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About the author (2003)


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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