The City: A Global History

The City: A Global History

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by Joel Kotkin, Julie Maisey, Nelson Runger
     
 

"Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political, and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with… See more details below

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"Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political, and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today's post-industrial suburban metropolis." Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies. He also considers the effects of terrorism - how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future.

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ISBN-13:
9781419345142
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
08/31/2005

Table of Contents

Introduction : places sacred, safe, and busy
Ch. 1Sacred origins3
Ch. 2Projections of power - the rise of the imperial city9
Ch. 3The first commercial capitals13
Ch. 4The Greek achievement19
Ch. 5Rome - the first megacity27
Ch. 6The eclipse of the classical city35
Ch. 7The Islamic archipelago43
Ch. 8Cities of the Middle Kingdom52
Ch. 9Opportunity lost58
Ch. 10Europe's urban renaissance65
Ch. 11Cities of mammon75
Ch. 12The Anglo-American urban revolution85
Ch. 13Industrialism and its discontents97
Ch. 14The search for a "better city"111
Ch. 15Suburbia triumphant117
Ch. 16The postcolonial dilemma126
Ch. 17"Queens of the further east"137
Conclusion : the urban future147

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