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Political Landscapes of Capital Cities investigates the processes of transformation of the natural landscape into the culturally constructed and ideologically defined political environments of capital cities. In this spatially inclusive, socially dynamic interpretation, an interdisciplinary group of authors including archaeologists, anthropologists, and art historians uses the methodology put forth in Adam T. Smith’s The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Polities to expose the intimate associations between human-made environments and the natural landscape that accommodate the sociopolitical needs of governmental authority.

Political Landscapes of Capital Cities blends the historical, political, and cultural narratives of capital cities such as Bangkok, Cusco, Rome, and Tehran with a careful visual analysis, hinging on the methodological tools of not only architectural and urban design but also cultural, historiographical, and anthropological studies. The collection provides further ways to conceive of how processes of urbanization, monumentalization, ritualization, naturalization, and unification affected capitals differently without losing grasp of local distinctive architectural and spatial features. The essays also articulate the many complex political and ideological agendas of a diverse set of sovereign entities that planned, constructed, displayed, and performed their societal ideals in the spaces of their capitals, ultimately confirming that political authority is profoundly spatial.

Contributors: Jelena Bogdanović, Jessica Joyce Christie, Talinn Grigor, Eulogio Guzmán, Gregor Kalas, Stephanie Pilat, Melody Rod-ari, Anne Parmly Toxey, Alexei Vranich

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. Jessica Joyce Christie, Jelena Bogdanović, and Eulogio Guzmán
  3. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-2
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  1. Introduction: The Spatial Turn and Political Landscapes of Capital Cities
  2. Eulogio Guzmán, Jessica Joyce Christie, and Jelena Bogdanović
  3. pp. 3-24
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  1. 1. Akhenaten’s Amarna in New Kingdom Egypt: Relations of Landscape and Ideology
  2. Jessica Joyce Christie
  3. pp. 25-64
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  1. 2. “Memorials of the Ability of Them All”: Tetrarchic Displays in the Roman Forum’s Central Area
  2. Gregor Kalas
  3. pp. 65-96
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  1. 3. The Relational Spiritual Geopolitics of Constantinople, the Capital of the Byzantine Empire
  2. Jelena Bogdanović
  3. pp. 97-154
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  1. 4. Beyond the Ashes: The Making of Bangkok as the Capital City of Siam
  2. Melody Rod-ari
  3. pp. 155-180
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  1. 5. Monumental Perceptions of the Tiwanaku Landscape
  2. Alexei Vranich
  3. pp. 181-212
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  1. 6. The Inka Capital Cusco as the Model of an Imperial Cultural Landscape
  2. Jessica Joyce Christie
  3. pp. 213-248
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  1. 7. Making Landfall: Anchoring Authority in the Public and Private Political Sphere of the Basin of Mexico
  2. Eulogio Guzmán
  3. pp. 249-286
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  1. 8. Provincial Capital vs. Peasant Capital: A Subaltern Perspective on Urban Rise and Fall from Grace
  2. Anne Parmly Toxey
  3. pp. 287-318
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  1. 9. La Parola al Piccone: Demonstrations of Fascism at the Imperial Fora and the Mausoleum of Augustus
  2. Stephanie Zeier Pilat
  3. pp. 319-346
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  1. 10. Tehran: A Revolution in Making
  2. Talinn Grigor
  3. pp. 347-376
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  1. Conclusions: Ontological Relations and the Spatial Politics of Capital Cities
  2. Jelena Bogdanović, Jessica Joyce Christie, and Eulogio Guzmán
  3. pp. 377-390
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 391-392
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781607324690
Related ISBN
9781607324683
MARC Record
OCLC
953695540
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2016-08-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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