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Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World

Tristram Hunt.
Publisher Metropolitan Books  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches
ISBN 9780805093087
Pages/Publication Date 515/2014
Daedalus Item Code 70044
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At its peak, the British Empire was an urban civilization of epic proportions, leaving behind a network of cities that now stand as economic and cultural powerhouses of the 21st century. In this collection of vibrant urban biographies of Boston, Bridgetown, Dublin, Cape Town, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Bombay, Melbourne, New Delhi, and Liverpool, the author of Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City demonstrates how urbanism is in fact the most lasting of Britain's imperial legacies. Tristram Hunt eschews the binary verdict of empire as good or bad, instead tracing the collaboration of cultures and traditions that produced these influential urban centers—built by an army of administrators, officers, entrepreneurs, slaves, and renegades—and their various evolutions as havens for religious dissenters, lucrative slave-trading posts, or centers of global hegemony.

"All too often, historians cast [the empire] as the supreme expression of Europe's moral superiority or as a uniquely wicked project to grind the wretched of the earth into the dust. But Hunt takes a more thoughtful approach. His new book shows how the British Empire actually worked on the ground.... It is distinguished not just by its vivid detail and fluent prose, but by the sheer complexity and subtlety of its arguments."—Sunday Times (London)

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