About this book
The United Kingdom is a highly developed industrial country with a
population of 60,609,153 people; it is the homeland for many nationalities,
cultures and religions. The most numerous group of population is the
British, they are followed by the Welsh, the Scottish, the Irish, the Jewry;
moreover numerous descendants of immigrants from colonies of the former
British empire live in the country.
The United Kingdom is a monarchy, but actual political power is concentrated
in the hands of the Parliament.
The cultural and art heritage of the United Kingdom is extraordinarily rich.
This country was at all times the homeland of many great poets, playwrights,
prose writers, artists, musicians and architects.
The content of this book represents the subject matter of cultural
monuments of Great Britain and can be considered as a part of the academic
disciplines “History of world culture” and “Monuments of the world cultural
The main objective of this special course is to acquaint the reader with
universally recognized masterpieces of architecture and some other kinds of
spatial arts of Great Britain in which its spiritual history is most fully
expressed; to reveal the most important regularities of architecture
development process; to give a complex of knowledge assisting to identify
peculiarities of its picturesque language, reasons for change of art forms;
to trace formation of national peculiarities in architecture of Great
Britain and to characterize individualities of the largest masters in the
process of their creative evolution.
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