Investing in the Early Modern Built Environment: Europeans, Asians, Settlers and Indigenous Societies

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Carole Shammas
BRILL, Aug 1, 2012 - History - 404 pages
Today the bulk of tangible wealth around the globe resides in buildings and physical infrastructure rather than moveable goods. This situation was not always the case. "Investing in the Early Modern Built Environment" represents the first attempt to delve into the period s enhanced architectural investment its successes, its failures, and the conflicts it provoked. Not just cultural but clear economic and environmental reasons existed for a rejection of the new architectural agenda. Whatever its efficacy or flaws, it ultimately served as a model worldwide for cityscapes and housing well into the twentieth century. Contributors include Jordan Sand, Robin Pearson, John Broad, Kiyoko Yamaguchi, Steven W. Hackel, Susan E. Hough, Johnathan Farris, Matthew Mulcahy, Charles Walker, Emma Hart, Chad Anderson, Ross H. Cordy, Grace Karskens, and Carole Shammas.
 

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Contents

The State of the Field
1
Japan versus England
33
From Edo to Tokyo
35
Chapter Three The Impact of Fire and Fire Insurance on EighteenthCentury English Town Buildings and their Populations
67
Chapter Four Permanence and Impermanence in Housing Provision for the EighteenthCentury Rural Poor in England
95
Part Two Investment Abroad by the Emissaries of European Empires
117
Chapter Five The Architecture of the Spanish Philippines and the Limits of Empire
119
Seismic Risk and Mission Building on the Pacific Coast 17001830
139
Architecture and Civility in LateColonial Lima
219
Elites Builders and the Growth of EighteenthCentury Charleston South Carolina
237
Part Four Settlers Indigenous Societies and Control of the Built Environment
263
Chapter Eleven The Built Landscape and the Conquest of Iroquoia 17501820
265
Chapter Twelve The Built Environment of Polynesian and Micronesian Stratified Societies in the Early Contact Period
295
Building and the Politics of Legitimate Occupancy in Early New South Wales Australia
325
Concluding Remarks
359
Select Bibliography
367

Western Merchants in Canton
163
Part Three Settler Society Investment
189
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall Again of Port Royal Jamaica
191

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Carole Shammas holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History Emerita at the University of Southern California. She has written books and numerous articles on the history of consumption, households, and the built environment in the Atlantic world.

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