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The master builders : structures of empire in the new world : Spanish initiatives and United States invention

Author: J Valerie Fifer
Publisher: Bishop Auckland, Durham : Durham Academic Press ; Raleigh, N.C. : Distributor, Pentland Press, 1996.
Series: New perspectives on American history.
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Fifer, J. Valerie.
Master builders.
Bishop Auckland, Durham : Durham Academic Press ; Raleigh, N.C. : Distributor, Pentland Press, 1996
(OCoLC)606152790
Online version:
Fifer, J. Valerie.
Master builders.
Bishop Auckland, Durham : Durham Academic Press ; Raleigh, N.C. : Distributor, Pentland Press, 1996
(OCoLC)607884583
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J Valerie Fifer
ISBN: 190083801X 9781900838016
OCLC Number: 39108450
Description: 320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I: Spain's Compression Structure --
1. The Spanish Initiative --
2. Preparation for Empire: Early Construction Work on the Peninsula --
The Medieval Builders --
3. Building the Castilian Compression Structure --
Strengthening the Structure --
New Institutional Tie-Beams --
Final Testing --
4. Laying Out the First Site-Lines in the New World --
Initial Reconnaissance: Spain's Discovery of the West Atlantic and the Caribbean, 1492 --
1519 --
5. Design Enlargement --
The Need for Increased Compression --
The Implications of "Scaling Up" --
6. Extending the Ground-Plan of Empire --
Continental Expansion: The Land and the Rivers, 1519 --
1543 --
The Problems of Coordinating the Ground-Plan --
7. Spain Crosses the Pacific: Delimiting the Western Perimeter of Empire --
The Insertion of a New Tie-Beam --
8. Oceans Apart: Spain's Search for Certainty in the New World --
Weight and Mass --
Prestressing --
Beams and Cantilevers --
Joints --
Resilience and Fracture --
Spain's "Reduced Risk" Construction Policies: Administration, Church, Town, Immigration, Trade, Overland Transport; Its enduring perception as "interoceanic" travel --
9. The Survival of Empire --
New Survey Work and New Construction --
Part II: The United States' Tension Structure --
10. The English Initiative --
Laying Out the First Site-Lines and Starting Construction --
11. The Failure of the First Tension Structure --
12. A Newly Designed Tension Structure: The Invention of Federalism --
Utility --
Economy --
Expansion --
13. Spain's Influence on the Early U.S. Perimeter Ground-Plan: Part I --
The Mississippi "Coast" --
14. Spain's Influence on the Early U.S. Perimeter Ground-Plan: Part II --
The Development of Transoceanic Empire --
New England Enters the Pacific --
15. The First Phase of Land Empire --
Spanning the Interior: The Problems of Diverging Styles of Construction, 1800-1860 --
New Bridging and Trussing Skills Strengthen the North and West --
Pseudo-Tension and Greater Compression Weaken the Deep South --
Echoes of Imperial Spain --
16. The Extension of Land Empire in the Trans-Mississippi West --
Structural Engineering After the Civil War; Strengthening the Foundations, Supports, Spans and Surfaces --
The Structural Significance of the Work "Transcontinental" --
17. After word and Conclusion --
Design and Construction in the New World --
Contrasts in Interpretation: Responses to Risk --
Contrast on the Peripheries of Empire --
Cross-bracing --
Maintaining and Strengthening the United States' Tension Structure: Structural Analysis --
Tension Structure: Structural Analysis --
Critical Load --
Americanization --
The Language Component.
Series Title: New perspectives on American history.
Responsibility: J.V. Fifer.

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