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Calton Hill

And the plans for Edinburgh's Third New Town

Format: Hardback
Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Imprint: John Donald Short Run Press
Published: 1st Sep 2018
Dimensions: w 200mm h 250mm d 22mm
Weight: 1019g
ISBN-10: 1910900176
ISBN-13: 9781910900178
Barcode No: 9781910900178
Calton Hill, on the eastern edge of Edinburgh's centre, has a special relationship with the city. Development of the hill and its surrounding area (often referred to as Edinburgh's 'Third New Town') began in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries by a decision-making elite, who proposed to change the site from a rural periphery into the new urban core of the city. This book shows that the architecture and urban design on Calton Hill was a demonstration of Scotland's cultural identity and political allegiance to the British State - as key enlightenment figures and theories were celebrated alongside the British naval heroes and the House of Hanover in the early stages of its development. However, as Scotland's identity within Britain evolved through changes in governance in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Calton Hill - and all that its neo-Greek architecture came to represent - became a metaphor for the friction between Scottish and British Nationalism, resulting in it being considered a 'Nationalist Shibboleth' by the last years of the twentieth century. This book considers how the architectural expression of Calton Hill has been perceived, accepted and rejected as ideas surrounding cultural identity, governance and nationalism have changed over the last 200 years.

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'A delightfully in-depth treasure trove of information for anyone with an interest in Scottish architecture. [Contains] a multitude of beautiful illustrations to enjoy' * Scottish Field *