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China, 1800–1912

Edward Denison

Edward Denison is an independent architectural historian, writer and photographer, and also Associate Professor in Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College 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 early nineteenth century was pivotal for China. Centuries of relative admiration from Western countries gave way to a ‘Century of Humiliation’ following Britain’s invasion of China during the first Opium War (1839–42). China’s defeat...

China (Ming and Qing Dynasties), 1368–1800

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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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 Mongolian Yuan empire’s fall in 1368, and the return to native Chinese rule under the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), brought stability to China. The country’s army and navy needed rebuilding, as did cities. Yet though the focus of Ming...