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Landscape, display and identity

This book explores the influence of imperialism in the landscapes of modern European cities including London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Marseilles, Glasgow and Seville. The first part considers some ways in which the design of urban landscapes articulated competing visions of the imperial city, including large-scale planning and architectural schemes, urban design and public monuments. The final shape of the Queen Victoria Memorial in London suggests an oddly tenuous relationship between the creation of imperial space and the representation of the empire itself. The notions of empire and romanità are expressed through the location, styling and form of the Vittoriano in Rome. The second part of the book considers the role of various forms of visual display, including spectacular pageants, imperial exhibitions and suburban gardens, in the cultural life of metropolitan imperialism. The material transformation of Paris with rhetorical devices reveals a deep-seated ambiguity about just how 'imperial' Paris wanted to appear. Sydenham Crystal Palace housed the Ethnological and Natural History Department, and its displays brought together animals, plants and human figures from various areas of the globe. The largest part of imperial Vienna's tourist traffic came from within the Austrian lands of the empire. The last part of the book is primarily concerned with the associations between imperial identities and the history of urban space in a variety of European cities. The book considers the changing cultural and political identities in the imperial city, looking particularly at nationalism, masculinity and anti-imperialism.

The Queen Victoria Memorial at Ohinemutu
Mark Stocker

them with you. This is all. We here are the Arawa.’ 60 Subsequent royal visits to Rotorua and Ohinemutu affirmed such relationships, even if accounts of them dwell less specifically on the Queen Victoria memorial and more on the Treaty of Waitangi. In April 1920 the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), like his parents, processed from Tamatekapua to the

in New Zealand’s empire
The Victoria Memorial and imperial London
Tori Smith

creation of a new imperial space in London: a ‘grand work of noble conception’. 1 In the closing years of the nineteenth century, it seemed to some observers that the built environment of London was inadequate to its role as an imperial city. The Queen Victoria Memorial, which comprised both a monument to the Queen in front of Buckingham Palace and the redesign of the Mall to incorporate the new Admiralty Arch, was intended as one step towards redressing that inadequacy. As conceived and executed by its proponents and

in Imperial cities
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New Zealand’s empire
Katie Pickles
Catharine Coleborne

they reveal about racial amalgamation and assimilation. Mark Stocker’s chapter examines Māori’s relationship with Queen Victoria through memorials. This is a hybrid history that reveals the significant local aspects of New Zealand’s Indigenous history that can emerge through a focus on the wider imperial context. Stocker’s chapter on the 1874 Queen Victoria Memorial at

in New Zealand’s empire
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Overlapping territories, intertwined histories
Felix Driver
David Gilbert

. The exploitation of such forms in the architecture and design of fascist urbanism may have been extravagant, but it was certainly not unique. While we would not want simply to equate fascist imperial urbanism with the urban discourse of liberal imperialism, it is important to recognise that connections undoubtedly exist between them. In Chapter 2, on the Queen Victoria Memorial, Tori Smith shows how imperial preoccupations entered into debates over the reconstruction of a key ceremonial site at the heart of London in the

in Imperial cities
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Jeffrey Richards

army and personally approved the daily programme of music played at the King’s guard-mounting. He even added his own suggestions. The band was engaged to play for the duration of the Festival of Empire at the Crystal Palace in May 1911. 40 When the Queen Victoria Memorial was unveiled in May 1911, the choirs of St Paul’s, Westminster Abbey, the Chapel Royal and St George’s Chapel, Windsor, performed

in Imperialism and music