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Title: "A perfect Elysium and the residence of a divinity" : a social analysis of country houses and policies in late seventeenth and eighteenth century Scotland
Author: Hale, Caroline Inness
ISNI:       0000 0004 0128 3559
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2006
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Archaeology, the study of people in the past through their material culture, recognises the potential of space and the built environment to create and transmit social statements. Country houses were dynamic and active elements in the history of Scotland. Landowners did not act in a social vacuum. As society changed, houses, as the clearest physical expression of identity and status, were used to negotiate relations with others, and with the natural world. Houses were used to appeal to traditional power bases, while at the same time allowing a response to, and involvement in, the changing political and social world. This thesis uses a multidisciplinary approach in an attempt to understand architecture not just as art, but as a reflection of, and element in, the social lives and relationships of the people who lived in, worked around, viewed and visited the country house.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform ; CC Archaeology