Lecture 1. The Global American Bungalow

The first lecture introduces the theme of the standardization of culture in tandem with the emergence of an increasingly global economy in the late nineteenth century and the associated cultural transformations of capitalism on housing culture in the US and the West. The vernacular Bengali bungalow and its Western diffusion illustrate these themes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The lecture traces the adoption and adaptation of the bungalow from its origin in India through Great Britain and the United States, examining the social and political trends in Britain and the US that supported this diffusion, including suburbanization, socialism, and the political economy of housing needs in the US. The lecture connects the bungalow to the wartime and postwar American minimum house by concluding with an examination of American builders’ creation of the minimum bungalow in the early twentieth-century as a solution to a national housing crisis.

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