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Political Landscapes of Capital Cities investigates the techniques of transformation of the typical panorama into the culturally developed and ideologically outlined political environments of capital towns. during this spatially inclusive, socially dynamic interpretation, an interdisciplinary workforce of authors together with archaeologists, anthropologists, and artwork historians makes use of the method positioned forth in Adam T. Smith’s The Political panorama: Constellations of Authority in Early complicated Polities to reveal the intimate institutions among human-made environments and the common panorama that accommodate the sociopolitical wishes of governmental authority.

Political Landscapes of Capital Cities blends the historic, political, and cultural narratives of capital towns similar to Bangkok, Cusco, Rome, and Tehran with a cautious visible research, hinging at the methodological instruments of not just architectural and concrete layout but additionally cultural, historiographical, and anthropological reviews. the gathering offers additional how you can conceive of ways approaches of urbanization, monumentalization, ritualization, naturalization, and unification affected capitals in a different way with no wasting seize of neighborhood precise architectural and spatial good points. The essays additionally articulate the various advanced political and ideological agendas of a various set of sovereign entities that deliberate, developed, displayed, and played their societal beliefs within the areas in their capitals, finally confirming that political authority is profoundly spatial.

Contributors: Jelena Bogdanovic, Jessica Joyce Christie, Talinn Grigor, Eulogio Guzmán, Gregor Kalas, Stephanie Pilat, Melody Rod-ari, Anne Parmly Toxey, Alexei Vranich

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