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Author Hunt, Tristram, 1974- author.

Title Cities of empire : the British colonies and the creation of the urban world / Tristram Hunt.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  941 HUN    DUE 02-28-16 Billed
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description xix, 515 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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Note "Originally published in England in 2014 under the title Ten Cities that Made an Empire by Allen Lane, London."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 417-483) and index.
Contents Boston -- Bridgetown -- Dublin -- Cape Town -- Calcutta -- Hong Kong -- Bombay -- Melbourne -- New Delhi -- Liverpool.
Summary "An original history of the most enduring colonial creation, the city, explored through ten portraits of powerful urban centers the British Empire left in its wake. At its peak, the British Empire was an urban civilization of epic proportions, leaving behind a network of cities which now stand as the economic and cultural powerhouses of the twenty-first century. In a series of ten vibrant urban biographies that stretch from the shores of Puritan Boston to Dublin, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Liverpool, and beyond, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt demonstrates that urbanism is in fact the most lasting of Britain's imperial legacies. Combining historical scholarship, cultural criticism, and personal reportage, Hunt offers a new history of empire, excavated from architecture and infrastructure, from housing and hospitals, sewers and statues, prisons and palaces. Avoiding the binary verdict of empire as 'good' or 'bad,' he traces the collaboration of cultures and traditions that produced these influential urban centers, the work of an army of administrators, officers, entrepreneurs, slaves, and renegades. In these ten cities, Hunt shows, we also see the changing faces of British colonial settlement: a haven for religious dissenters, a lucrative slave-trading post, a center of global hegemony"--Dust jacket.
Subject Cities and towns -- Case studies.
Metropolitan areas -- Case studies
Imperialism -- History -- Case studies.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- Case studies.
Added Title Ten cities that made an empire
ISBN 9780805093087 (hardback) : $35.00
0805093087 (hardback)

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