Carole Shammas holds the John R. Hubbard Chair in History Emerita at the University of Southern California. She has written books and numerous articles on the history of consumption, households, and the built environment in the Atlantic world.
All interested in the world, European, Asian, Pacific Island and American history 1500-1800, architectural history, economic history, history of disasters, Indigenous and European contact,and imperial history.
It is gratifying to see how the promises of scholarship are sometimes fulfilled. [...] Carol Shammas' new edited volume fulfils such a promise [...].
This is a dense collection, rich in content and theoretical interest. While it is framed primarely for a dedicated readership in architectural history, it has a far wider significance. The eassays work effectively in providing intersecting views of a transformation of the built landscape that, while incomplete and fractured in its impact, constitutet an important part of what we understand of the transition of modernity.
Anne Murphy, Itinerario, Vol. 38, No. 1 (2014), pp. 165-168.
Table of contents
General Editor’s Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
List of Contributors
1. The Early Modern Built Environment Globally: The State of the Field, Carole Shammas
PART I: INVESTING IN A “PERMANENT” BUILT ENVIRONMENT: JAPAN VS. ENGLAND
2. Property in Two Fire Regimes: From Edo to Tokyo, Jordan Sand
3. The Impact of Fire and Fire Insurance on Eighteenth-Century English Town Buildings and Populations, Robin Pearson
4. Permanence and Impermanence in Housing Provision for the Eighteenth-Century Rural Poor in England, John Broad
PART II: INVESTMENT ABROAD BY THE EMISSARIES OF EUROPEAN EMPIRES
5. The Architecture of the Spanish Philippines and the Limits of Empire, Kiyoko Yamaguchi
6. Shaky Welcome: Seismic Risk and Mission Building on the Pacific Coast 1700-1830, Steven W. Hackel and Susan E. Hough
7. Dwelling Factors: Western Merchants in Canton, Johnathan Farris
PART III: SETTLER SOCIETY INVESTMENT
8. That fatall spott”: The Rise and Fall – and Rise and Fall Again – of Port Royal, Jamaica, Matthew Mulcahy
9. Rebuilding the City of Kings: Architecture and Civility in Late- Colonial Lima, Charles Walker
10. The Ambition for an All Brick City: Elites, Builders and the Growth of Eighteenth-Century Charleston, South Carolina, Emma Hart
PART IV: SETTLERS, INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES AND CONTROL OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
11. The Built Landscape and the Conquest of Iroquoia 1750-1820, Chad Anderson
12. The Built Environment of Polynesian and Micronesian Stratified Societies in the Early Contact Period, Ross Cordy
13. Naked Possession: Building and the Politics of Legitimate Occupancy in Early New South Wales, Australia, Grace Karskens