By Tristram Hunt
An unique heritage of the main enduring colonial production, town, explored via ten snap shots of robust 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 monetary and cultural powerhouses of the twenty-first century. In a chain of ten brilliant city biographies that extend from the seashores of Puritan Boston to Dublin, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Liverpool, and past, acclaimed historian Tristram Hunt demonstrates that urbanism is actually the longest enduring of Britain's imperial legacies.
Combining old scholarship, cultural feedback, and private reportage, Hunt deals a brand new historical past of empire, excavated from structure and infrastructure, from housing and hospitals, sewers and statues, prisons and palaces. keeping 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 indicates, we additionally see the altering faces of British colonial payment: a haven for spiritual dissenters, a profitable slave-trading submit, a middle of worldwide hegemony.
Lively, authoritative, and eye-opening, "Cities of Empire" makes an important new contribution to the background of colonialism.