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Miles Glendinning (editor), Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 1945– 1975 , Tuckwell Press, 1997. Paperback £20, ISBN 0898410 33 X.

Miles Glendinning (editor), Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 1945– 1975 , Tuckwell Press,... book reviews Glendinning (editor), Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 19451975, Tuckwell Press, 1997. Paperback £20, isbn 0898410 33 x. Miles Glendinning has a task not unlike that of the imaginary Editor of Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus (1836). In order to elucidate the philosophy of his perplexing hero, the Editor has to sort through and distil endless packets of papers, notes and biographical fragments. Carlyle's real subject, however, is the nature of representation; all artefacts, including language, offer a key to understanding the past. But there are dangers. Representranscend its time. tation be fugitive, even illusory; great art In Rebuilding Scotland, the collage of material which Glendinning has assembled is rich indeed. His foundation is the work of docomomo, a group charged with the documentation and conservation of the significant buildings and sites of the Modern Movement. But the subtitle, The Postwar Vision 1945-1975, reveals, his intention is to explore the 'Vision' behind these artefacts. Only now that the period is sufficiently far from us can this vision be recollected in tranquillity, and the endless 'packets' sorted out. The book is structured in four parts: useful introductory essay by Glendinning, 'testimonies' of pivotal figures who provide the political perspective, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Miles Glendinning (editor), Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 1945– 1975 , Tuckwell Press, 1997. Paperback £20, ISBN 0898410 33 X.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 9 (1): 108 – Jan 1, 1998

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10.3366/arch.1998.9.1.108
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book reviews Glendinning (editor), Rebuilding Scotland: The Postwar Vision 19451975, Tuckwell Press, 1997. Paperback £20, isbn 0898410 33 x. Miles Glendinning has a task not unlike that of the imaginary Editor of Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus (1836). In order to elucidate the philosophy of his perplexing hero, the Editor has to sort through and distil endless packets of papers, notes and biographical fragments. Carlyle's real subject, however, is the nature of representation; all artefacts, including language, offer a key to understanding the past. But there are dangers. Representranscend its time. tation be fugitive, even illusory; great art In Rebuilding Scotland, the collage of material which Glendinning has assembled is rich indeed. His foundation is the work of docomomo, a group charged with the documentation and conservation of the significant buildings and sites of the Modern Movement. But the subtitle, The Postwar Vision 1945-1975, reveals, his intention is to explore the 'Vision' behind these artefacts. Only now that the period is sufficiently far from us can this vision be recollected in tranquillity, and the endless 'packets' sorted out. The book is structured in four parts: useful introductory essay by Glendinning, 'testimonies' of pivotal figures who provide the political perspective,

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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