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4.0 out of 5 stars Ship shape, 15 Oct 2011
This review is from: Ship Style: Modernism and Modernity at Sea in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
An excellent addition to the existing corpus of recent well-researched and engaging publications about twentieth-century maritime history. Philip Dawson and Bruce Peter, both more than qualified for the task, have - like John Maxtone Graham - produced a highly readable, but admirably accessible account of the establishment and development of Modernism at sea.

Where Dawson and Peter excell, however, is in their simple premise that Modernism in art and design can be understood at two levels: philosophical and aesthetic. The latter is more easily understood and the reader is aided by huge number of sumptuous illustrations. The former is more obscure, but expertly discussed in a series of chapters; the most interesting being 'Facism and the Modern Liner', which draws together rather disparate strands of research and applies them successfully to a carefully constructed argument about the influence of Italian and German facism on ship design.

This book is a well-researched and beautifully presented study of Modernism at sea and is essential reading for anyone interested in modern design or maritime history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating read, 27 Jan 2011
This review is from: Ship Style: Modernism and Modernity at Sea in the Twentieth Century (Hardcover)
A very detailed and thoroughly researched book, Can highly recommend it for anyone interested in liners, cruise ships, the history of decor and the development of interiors over the last 100 years.
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