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Introduction: 1800–1900

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

...Stan Tess / Alamy Stock Photo. Manufacture Around the world to differing degrees, architecture in the nineteenth century was profoundly affected by the transformations caused by a more advanced stage of the capitalist...

Introduction: 500 BCE–500 CE

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo. Internationality Once intentionality in the use of architectural forms and constructional techniques had been incubated in various ‘cradles of civilization’ around the world...

Introduction: 1000–1500

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...Arterra Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo. Exchange From around 1000 CE, a notable surge in commercial trade and associated banking networks started to transform much of the world’s terrain. Now the act...

Introduction: 1500–1800

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...age fotostock / Alamy Stock Photo. Empire From the late fifteenth century the spread of European maritime empires created the earliest phase of a system that was later labelled as ‘capitalism’ by British political...

Introduction: 500–1000

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...public domain. Ideology In the five centuries after 500 CE, with architecture well established across the world as an increasingly hybridized and internationalized cultural practice, and with many of the formerly...

Introduction: 1900–Present Day

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...RIBA Collections. Modernity The best encapsulation of the terms ‘modernization’, ‘modernity’ and ‘modernism’ is given in Marshall Berman’s seminal book, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (1982) – itself a quote from the 1848...

Introduction: 3500–500 BCE

Murray Fraser

Murray Fraser is Professor of Architecture and Global Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London, UK. Trained both as an architect and architectural historian, in 2018 he received the RIBA Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education. He is also Chair of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. The new Banister Fletcher edition is the product of a five-year partnership project between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the University of London and Bloomsbury Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Catherine Gregg

Catherine Gregg studied history at University College London and history of design at the Royal College of Art, both in the 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

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...Peter Langer / Getty Langer Images. Intentionality A puzzling – possibly unanswerable – question about architecture resides in its very name. Why do we use the term ‘architecture’ to describe the ideas and processes...

Egypt (Early Dynastic and Old Kingdom), c. 3100–2150 BCE

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

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...During prehistoric times in Egypt, and certainly from around 5000 BCE onwards, humans entered the Nile valley and began to form settlements there. From this developed one of the greatest ancient cultures of humankind, peaking in what...

Babylonia (Iraq), c. 1800–539 BCE

David Kertai

David Kertai is a post-doctoral scholar within the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Sir Banister Fletcher’s Global History of Architecture Volume 1

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...Babylon is located around 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Baghdad in the alluvial plain between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers, in what was then central Mesopotamia and today is Iraq. The region receives relatively little rain...

Etruria (Italy), c. 900–300 BCE

Charlotte R. Potts

Charlotte R. Potts is the Sybille Haynes Lecturer in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology and Art at the University of Oxford and the Katherine and Leonard Woolley Fellow at Somerville College, 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

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

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...The Etruscans were the most important civilization in pre-Roman Italy. Between roughly 900 and 400 BCE, from the time they emerged from prehistory until they were defeated and absorbed by Rome, their history was shaped by intensive contact...