By Tristram Hunt
An unique background of the main enduring colonial construction, the town, explored via ten images of strong city facilities the British Empire left in its wake
At its height, the British Empire was once an city civilization of epic proportions, abandoning a community of towns which now stand because the fiscal and cultural powerhouses of the twenty-first century. In a chain of ten shiny city biographies that reach from the seashores of Puritan Boston to Dublin, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Liverpool, and past, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt demonstrates that urbanism is in reality the longest enduring of Britain's imperial legacies.
Combining historic scholarship, cultural feedback, and private reportage, Hunt deals a brand new background of empire, excavated from structure and infrastructure, from housing and hospitals, sewers and statues, prisons and palaces. warding off the binary verdict of empire as "good" or "bad," he strains the collaboration of cultures and traditions that produced those influential city facilities, the paintings of a military of directors, officials, marketers, slaves, and renegades. In those ten towns, Hunt exhibits, we additionally see the altering faces of British colonial payment: a haven for non secular dissenters, a profitable slave-trading publish, a middle of worldwide hegemony.
Lively, authoritative, and eye-opening, "Cities of Empire" makes a very important new contribution to the historical past of colonialism.