Introduction
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This opening chapter examines the manner in which imperial convictions in the cultural superiority of the dominant people are expressed through the built environment, as well as the ways in which built and natural environments of empire ultimately reflect its social class and racial dimensions. The book’s objectives are laid out, specifically in indicating the manner in which the attempt to cover the entire British Empire in all its varied colonial forms – territories of settlement, India, dependent empire and island colonies – helps to offer significant insights into imperialism. The background to the book in terms of the past research and publications of the author is laid out and there is a section on the scholarship which has contributed to its material and ideas.

The British Empire through buildings

Structure, function and meaning

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