Ten Cities that Built an Empire: Understanding British Imperialism Through the Urban Past
Oct 05, 2016
Discussion of Britain's imperial past is increasingly bifurcated along populist 'good' and 'bad' narratives. An account of the UK's colonial legacy through the prism of urban history allows for a more nuanced and reflexive critique of Empire. The rise and fall of the British Empire will be discussed through the history of ten cities, exploring how their architectural, planning, and commercial history elucidates their place within the imperial story.
The Royal Historical Society / Gresham College Annual Colin Matthew Memorial Lecture
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