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Persia (Achaemenid to Sasanid Empires), c. 550 bce–651 ce

Ali Mousavi

Ali Mousavi is an art historian/archaeologist who served as Assistant Curator of Ancient Near Eastern Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA, and currently teaches archaeology and ancient history at the University of California, Los Angeles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...The geography of central Persia, today known as the Iranian Plateau, and its adjacent territories such as the plain of Khuzestan to the southwest, has impacted the growth and development of arts and architecture throughout history....

The Andes (Early Intermediate Period to the Middle Horizon), c. 0–1000 CE

Andrew James Hamilton

Andrew James Hamilton is a lecturer in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, New Jersey, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...After the decline of Chavín de Huántar around 200 BCE, what is known as the Early Intermediate Period saw a resurgence of different regional civilizations in the Andes Mountains, especially the coastal Moche and Nazca societies. Eventually,...

China (Sui and Tang Dynasties), 581–907

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt

Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt is Professor of East Asian Art at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...The Sui-Tang period can be described as an age of internationalism and cosmopolitanism. Following the short-lived Sui dynasty, the Tang Empire grew to great heights, spanning the eastern side of the Asian continent, from Korea to Xinjiang...

Italy, 500–1000

John Mitchell

John Mitchell is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...The invasion and occupation of large parts of Italy, first by the Lombards in 568 and two centuries later by the Carolingian Franks, would have critical impacts on patterns of power and governance, as well as on architectural developments....

Nordic Countries, c. 500–1000

Axel Christophersen

Axel Christopherson is Professor in Historical Archaeology at the University Museum, Department of Archaeology and Cultural History, in the Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...The Nordic countries are geographically and climatically diverse but linguistically and culturally closely linked by prolonged mutual contact: the countries termed as Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark) are more integrated, whereas...

Russia, 988–1475

Christopher Tadgell

Christopher Tadgell is an independent architectural historian based in Kent, England, UK, and author of Routledge’s seven-volume ‘Architecture in Context’ series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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...Slavic tribes – threatened by Huns, Avars and Turks – accepted protection from Vikings (Rus’), whose forts, notably in Novgorod and Kiev, protected river trade between the Black Sea and Baltic. Oleg of Novgorod took Kiev in 882 and traded...

Egypt (New Kingdom to Roman Era), c. 1550 BCE to 641 CE

Dieter Arnold

Dieter Arnold is an archaeologist and Emeritus Curator of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...The two millennia or so that constituted the last phase of ancient Egypt, from the New Kingdom onwards, were marked by almost unceasing political challenges, military actions and cultural and religious transformations, with architecture...

The Byzantine Empire (Turkey/Mediterranean Rim), 324–1453

Lyn Rodley

Lyn Rodley is an associate lecturer with the Open University and teaches Byzantine art and architecture at Morley College in London. She was previously Helen Waddell Visiting Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...The Byzantine Empire was the continuation of the Roman Empire with Constantinople (Byzantium) as its capital from 324 CE and the imperial sanction of Christianity. The vast territorial extent of the originally Byzantine Empire, based...

Carolingian Empire and France, 800–1150

Catherine Oakes

Catherine Oakes is a fellow of Kellogg College and Associate Professor in Art History at the University of Oxford, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...Charlemagne’s coronation as Holy Roman Emperor in 800, towards the end of his reign as King of the Franks, gave definition to the territories he had amalgamated – known as the Carolingian Empire – with the western part then becoming...

British Isles, 500–1150

Anthony Quiney

Anthony Quiney was formerly Professor of Architectural History at the University of Greenwich, and is a past President and honorary Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

Bloomsbury Visual Arts (UK), 2018

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...Just as Roman conquest of first-century CE Britain introduced new architecture of constructional strength, complex planning and aesthetic sophistication, so the collapse of Roman rule in the fifth century erased these qualities. Migrants...