Author : Jan Morris

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Author : Jan Morris

Publication: Oxford University Press

Size: 246 x 190 x 15 (mm)

Weight: 478g

Main Material: Paperback / softback

Language: -

ISBN: 9780192805966

EAN/UPC/ISBN: 9780192805966

Published: 12-May-2005

ISBN No : 9780192805966

Publication : Oxford University Press

Main Material : Paperback / softback

  • Classifications: India,
  • Readership:General (US: Trade)
  • Format: Paperback / softback 244 pages, numerous halftones

No empire in history built so variously as the British empire in India: the buildings there attest to the richness of an imperial presence that lasted - from the first trading settlement to the end of the Raj - some three hundred years. The attitude of the British to India was compounded partly of arrogance, but partly also of homesickness, and it shows in their constructions. Georgian terraces were adapted to tropical conditions, Victorian railway stations wereelaborately orientalized, seaside villas were adjusted to suit Himalayan conditions, and everywhere the fundamental ambivalence of the British empire, a baffling mixture of good and evil, was mirrored in the imperial architecture.

This book, now reissued with a new introduction by Simon Winchester, was the first to describe the whole range of British constructions in India. The text and photographs illustrate these buildings not simply as physical objects, but as reflections of an empire's mingled emotions. Stones of Empire charts an enterprise in architecture, engineering, and social adaptation unique in human history.

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