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The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Homes Through World History

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Time, technology, and culture influence the homes of people throughout the world, from the simplest prehistoric dwellings to the architecturally complex single dwellings and skyscrapers of today.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1: The Americas Chapter 2: Africa Chapter 3: Asia and Australasia Chapter 4: Europe and the Western Mediterranean Chapter 5: East and Southeast Asia Notes Bibliography Volume 2 Introduction Chapter I: The Americas Chapter 2: Africa Chapter 3: Asia and Australia Chapter 4: Europe and the Western Mediterranean Chapter 5: West and Southwest Asia Notes Bibliography Volume 3 Introduction Chapter I: The Americas Chapter 2: Africa Chapter 3: Asia and Australia Chapter 4: Europe and the Western Mediterranean Chapter 5: West and Southwest Asia Notes Bibliography

About the Author

James Steele received a Bachelor of Arts degree as an English Major from Lafayette College, Easton, PA. and both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He practiced architecture in and around the Philadelphia area for twelve years and became registered in Pennsylvania before relocating to Saudi Arabia where he taught for eight years at King Faisal University in Dammam. He then moved to London, and served as Senior Editor of Architectural Design magazine, while also teaching at the Prince of Wales's Institute for Architecture. Since 1991, he has taught at the University of Southern California, where he has also received a Doctorate in Urban Planning and is now a tenured Professor there. He has written extensively about both traditional and contemporary architecture and has had several books published.


"...Steele does an excellent job of providing a global view. This balanced history is recommended for academic and public libraries." - Lawrence Looks at Books "This three-volume set on the history and cultural significance of domestic architecture around the world from 6000 BCE to the present is an ambitious and highly successful undertaking. . . . This set is authoritative, well-written, and replete with fascinating detail that illuminates the cultural meaning of the built form. . . . Although Steele acknowledges that complete coverage of this topic is impossible, his sampling of significant homes of culturally diverse peoples across time has resulted in a work of importance that will interest students of both anthropology and architecture. This set is unrivaled in its scope and usefulness, and should be very valuable to both academic and public libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers." - Choice "Steele (author and educator, U. of Southern California) provides a comprehensive survey of the housing of significant cultures from throughout the world: the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia, East and Southeast Asia, and Europe and the Western Mediterranean. The three-volume set spans the development of housing from ancient times to the present. While the author discusses materials used and methods of construction, he also delves into how the housing of different societies reflects their belief systems, social orders, and cultures. From the relatively familiar stone structures of Macchu Picchu to the Chinese residential districts known as hutongs, the array of architectural styles and the considerations incorporated into their construction-such as environment, light, protection, and available materials-provide a fascinating journey through history. Organized in an encyclopedic format, the set is clearly written, informative, and well-illustrated." - Reference & Research Book News "This set breaks new ground by focusing on the architecture of homes throughout history and from cultures in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Australasia, Europe, and East and Southeast Asia. . . . Because this set brings together a wide array of material on housing that is normally found in many different sources, college libraries will definitely want to purchase it." - Booklist "The set is well written throughout and illustrated with black-and-white and color photographs. One is almost tempted to sit down with each volume and read cover to cover in order not to miss any of the fascinating historical and cultural descriptions of the development of homes around the world and throughout history. BOTTOM LINE: A good addition to public libraries as well as academic libraries, particularly those serving architecture programs but also those supporting curricula in anthropology, sociology, and history. " - Library Journal

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