n Historia - The British Empire through its cities
Cities of Empire: The British Colonies and the Creation of the Urban World, Tristram Hunt : book review




Tristram Hunt's lively and readable is a history of British imperialism told through its urban centres. Largely based on secondary sources, Hunt's individual chapters will not reveal anything new to the specialist. The contribution, rather, is in the connections and contrasts the author draws between each imperial site. As if in a relay race, each chapter illuminates a new imperial dynamic before passing the torch of empire to somewhere new.


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