Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj by Jan MorrisStones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj by Jan Morris

Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the Raj

byJan Morris, Simon Winchester

Paperback | May 9, 2005

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No empire in history built so variously as the British empire in India: the buildings there attest to the richness of an imperial presence that lasted - from the first trading settlement to the end of the Raj - some three hundred years. The attitude of the British to India was compoundedpartly of arrogance, but partly also of homesickness, and it shows in their constructions. Georgian terraces were adapted to tropical conditions, Victorian railway stations were elaborately orientalized, seaside villas were adjusted to suit Himalayan conditions, and everywhere the fundamentalambivalence of the British empire, a baffling mixture of good and evil, was mirrored in the imperial architecture.This book, now reissued with a new introduction by Simon Winchester, was the first to describe the whole range of British constructions in India. The text and photographs illustrate these buildings not simply as physical objects, but as reflections of an empire's mingled emotions. Stones of Empirecharts an enterprise in architecture, engineering, and social adaptation unique in human history.
Jan Morris, hailed by Rebecca West as 'perhaps the best descriptive writer of our times', and by Alastair Cooke as the 'Flaubert of the jet age', is the author of numerous best-selling works on places, travel, and history, including Pax Britannica, Venice, and Fifty Years of Europe: An Album. Simon Winchester is the author of the bests...
Title:Stones of Empire: The Buildings of the RajFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 9.69 × 7.32 × 0.57 inPublished:May 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192805967

ISBN - 13:9780192805966

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionA note about the text1. Introductory2. Theoretical3. Domestic4. Public5. Practical6. Spiritual7. Civic8. EnvoiA brief bibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

`Review from previous edition '...magical prose and marvellous photographs''Sunday Times