How much do you know about Greek architecture? Roman? Gothic? The Renaissance? Modernism? Perhaps more importantly, do you know how these are connected or how one style evolved to become another? Or what happened historically during each of these periods?

Architectural History Retold is your roadmap for your journey through architectural history. Offering a fresh take on what the author calls the ‘Great Enlightenment project’, it traces the grand narrative of western architecture in one concise, accessible volume. Starting in Ancient Greece and leading up to the present day, Paul Davies' unconventional, engaging style brings the past back to life, helping you to think beyond separate components and styles to recognise ‘the bigger picture’.

The author is an academic and journalist with three decades of experience in introducing students to architectural history. The book is based on his successful entry-level course which has used the same unstuffy approach to break down barriers to understanding and engagement and inspire generations of students.

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|15 pages

Ancient Greece

chapter 3|14 pages

Ancient Rome

chapter 4|15 pages

The Gothic

chapter 5|15 pages

The Renaissance

chapter 6|15 pages

The Enlightenment

chapter 7|16 pages

The Industrial Revolution

chapter 8|17 pages

European Modernism

chapter 9|17 pages

American Modernism

chapter 10|15 pages


chapter 11|13 pages

The Future