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Title:
Vernacular architecture
Author:
Glassie, Henry, 1941-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Material Culture ; Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
197 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
General Note:
"Expanded revision of the fifth chapter of Henry Glassie's Material culture, published by the Indiana University Press in 1999"--T.p. verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780253337566

9780253213952
Format :
Book

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Summary

Based on 35 years of fieldwork, Vernacular Architecture synthesizes a career of concern with traditional building. Henry Glassie articulates the key principles of architectural analysis; then, centering his argument in the United States but drawing comparative examples from many locations in Europe and Asia, he shows how architecture can be a prime resource for someone writing a democratic and comprehensive history.


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Library Journal Review

An alternative title for Glassie's book might well be "A Thoughtful Ramble Through Euro-American Cultural History Using Old Buildings as a Starting Point." Rewriting and revising the fifth chapter of his recent Material Culture, Glassie discusses the complex ways humans organize their lives by analyzing the houses they build. The emphasis is on rural building in Ireland, Turkey, and the Eastern United States, although homes in Japan, Sweden, and Bangladesh are presented as well. The photos and drawings by the author are exceptional in both artistic and technical quality. Despite the inclusive title, this is not a far-ranging guide or overview but an interesting tour of Glassie's mildly Marxian analysis of changes in peasant village structure and land ownership in the northern reaches of Europe and the subsequent effect those changes had on house styles in New England and the Middle Atlantic States. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Vernacular Architecture
Architectural Technology
Social Orders
Composition Architectural Decoration
Complexity in Architectural
Time Compositional Levels History
The American Landscape
An Entry to American History Comparison to Ireland
The United States in the Nineteenth Century
Pattern in Time
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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