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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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Architecture in the British Empire

Architecture in the British Empire

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(p.584) 37 Architecture in the British Empire
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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography
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Thomas R. Metcalf

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.003.0037

Any assessment of architecture within the British Empire must take into account both the historic monuments of the colonized territories and colonial architecture. The notion of decline at once made possible an appreciation of India’s ancient architecture, and yet, as the two cultures diverged ever more dramatically, paved the way for British colonial conquest. As the Empire expanded across the globe, the British themselves, as settlers and as rulers, erected a wide range of structures, in a variety of architectural styles, in the colonies they established. In Britain, the 1980s saw an outpouring of celebratory writing on the architecture of Empire. In general, the historiography of the architecture of the British Empire, together with that of its art and the larger colonial culture in which both were embedded, is fast being transformed.

Keywords:   British Empire, colonial architecture, colonized territories, India, Britain, historiography, colonial culture

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