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Published: 25 March 2021

256 Pages | 80 color illustrations


ISBN: 9780190491604

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Empire of Ruins

American Culture, Photography, and the Spectacle of Destruction

Miles Orvell

  • A sweeping study of ruins in American culture by a senior scholar of American Studies.
  • Abundantly illustrated with color photographs that span the nineteenth century to the present
  • Argues for the long-term cultural and aesthetic significance of ruins, including those created by war, natural disaster, and climate change.