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Indian Subcontinent, 600–1400

Adam Hardy

Adam Hardy is Professor of Asian Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, 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

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The timespan covered by this chapter corresponds to the period generally called ‘early medieval’ by historians of South Asia. It spans from the disintegration of the last great ‘ancient’ empire, the Guptas, to the time when Islam entered...

Indian Subcontinent, 1400–1750

George Michell

George Michell is Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, Australia. He has researched the art, archaeology and architecture of many historic sites in India. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...During this period, the Indian subcontinent (present-day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal) together with Sri Lanka was divided among many separate kingdoms. As some polities expanded, so did their architectural influence...

Indian Subcontinent, 1750–1947

Tania Sengupta

Tania Sengupta is a lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...The Indian subcontinent under colonial rule from the mid-eighteenth to mid-twentieth centuries witnessed the establishment of British economic and political dominance, suppressing other European powers, and consequently creating a long-term...

Indian Subcontinent, 1947–Present Day

Kaiwan Mehta

Kaiwan Mehta teaches architecture at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India, and is also currently Managing Editor of DOMUS India. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 2

© the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the University of London, 2019

Sir Banister Fletcher chapter

...India’s independence from British colonial rule in 1947 was followed by partition between India (mainly Hindu) and Pakistan (Muslim); East Pakistan (Bangladesh from 1971) was Islamic; while Ceylon (Sri Lanka from 1972) was Buddhist. Due...