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Description - Building the Bank of England by Daniel M. Abramson

The Bank of England symbolizes the economic strength, influence, and potency of Britain. Founded in 1694, its world-famous buildings were built and rebuilt four times by different architects, most notably Sir John Soane. The Bank's three-and-aquarter-acre complex has included elegant public banking halls and private offices, courtyards and gardens, warehouses and vaults, residential apartments and guards' barracks. This lavishly illustrated book examines for the first time the entire architectural history of the Bank from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Drawing on a variety of perspectives, the book relates the history of the Bank of England to current debates on English economic, social, and urban history, including issues of national identity, mercantile politics, and the commercialization of culture. The book also shows how the building itself has expressed various historical tensions among the Bank's inhabitants and publics: its directors and detractors, its clerks and clientele, its tourists, and even its mob attackers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300109245
ISBN-10: 0300109245
Format: Hardback
(305mm x 254mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 10-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Daniel M. Abramson

Daniel M. Abramson is associate professor of architectural history and director of architectural studies at Tufts University.

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