Piers Brendon

Eastward Ho!

Ten Cities that Made an Empire


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Tristram Hunt aims to tell our imperial story through bricks and mortar. His ten cities have been chosen to illustrate the changing character of the British Empire over more than three centuries. Its development is reflected not only in architecture and material culture but in civic institutions and rituals. Each city is taken to denote a stage in the narrative, which progresses both chronologically and geographically, in a series of leaps extending roughly from west to east – a kind of urban hopscotch.

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