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THE HERO BUILDING: AN ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTTISH NATIONAL IDENTITY. Johnny Rodger. Ashgate Publishing, Farnham/Burlington, 2015. 228 pp. with 91 ills. 25 x 18 cm. LC 2014-46620 ISBN 9781472452719 In English.
Publisher's description: Why was it that, across Scotland over the last two and a half centuries, architectural monuments were raised to national heroes? Were hero buildings commissioned as manifestations of certain social beliefs, or as a built environmental form of social advocacy? And if so, then how and why were social aims and intentions translated into architectural form, and how effective were they? A tradition of building architectural monuments to commemorate national heroes developed as a distinctive feature of the Scottish built environment. As concrete manifestations of powerful social and political currents of thought and opinion, these hero buildings make important statements about identity, the nation and social history. The book examines this architectural culture by studying a prominent selection of buildings, such as the Burns monuments in Alloway, Edinburgh and Kilmarnock, the Edinburgh Scott Monument, the Glenfinnan Monument and the Wallace Monument in Stirling. They give testimony to how a variety of architectural forms and styles can be adapted through time to bear particular social messages of symbolic weight.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain, Scotland — Several Periods — Architecture
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 166412
Hardcover $119.95    

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