Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of by Tristram Hunt

By Tristram Hunt

An unique heritage of the main enduring colonial production, the town, explored via ten images of strong city facilities the British Empire left in its wake

At its height, the British Empire used to be an city civilization of epic proportions, abandoning a community of towns which now stand because the monetary and cultural powerhouses of the twenty-first century. In a chain of ten bright city biographies that reach from the beaches of Puritan Boston to Dublin, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Liverpool, and past, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt demonstrates that urbanism is in reality the longest enduring of Britain's imperial legacies.

Combining old scholarship, cultural feedback, and private reportage, Hunt deals a brand new heritage of empire, excavated from structure and infrastructure, from housing and hospitals, sewers and statues, prisons and palaces. warding off the binary verdict of empire as "good" or "bad," he lines the collaboration of cultures and traditions that produced those influential city facilities, the paintings of a military of directors, officials, entreprenuers, slaves, and renegades. In those ten towns, Hunt exhibits, we additionally see the altering faces of British colonial payment: a haven for spiritual dissenters, a profitable slave-trading submit, a middle of worldwide hegemony.

Lively, authoritative, and eye-opening, towns of Empire makes a vital new contribution to the background of colonialism.

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