An Imperial Vision: Indian Architecture and Britain's Raj

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Architecture - 302 pages
An Imperial Vision examines the relationship between culture and power expressed in the architectural forms the British employed in India. From the great monuments of New Delhi to the most obsure structures in dusty country towns, these buildings visibly represented in stone the choices the British made in politics as imperial rulers. Viewed together they enhanced the hold of the empire over the ruler and the ruled alike.

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Metcalf (history, Univ. of California) analyzes one of the many ways the British defined their power in India after 1857, when they assumed an imperial role in the subcontinent. Buildings, especially ... Read full review


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Thomas R. Metcalf is at University of California.

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