The Geography Of Towns

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The Geography of Towns provides a concise but thorough introduction to the important subject of urban geography. It traces the development of urban areas from the earliest sites of Nineveh, Aleppo, and Agade to modern megalopolises and strip cities, and deals authoritatively with problems of classifi cation and ranking, location and type, origins, and course of development, and the relationship of the city to its region and nation.
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Overview

The Geography of Towns provides a concise but thorough introduction to the important subject of urban geography. It traces the development of urban areas from the earliest sites of Nineveh, Aleppo, and Agade to modern megalopolises and strip cities, and deals authoritatively with problems of classifi cation and ranking, location and type, origins, and course of development, and the relationship of the city to its region and nation.
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“Writing a small volume in a planned series, Mr. Smailes has had to work within the limits of about 150 pages of text, and has confined his references mainly to works available in English. His book is therefore, essentially a study of urbanism in Great Britain… Smailes has traced the course of urbanism, as expressed through the development of cities, from very early times; he has analysed the more important conditions of emplacement of cities and towns; has displayed the commoner features of their morphology by reference to numerous examples in various parts of the world; and has demonstrated the existence of a pattern of “urban fields” in Great Britain which ought to claim the attention of all rural and urban planning authorities.”

—M. A. The Geographical Journal

“In spite of its extreme brevity, this book is the best treatment of the field of urban geography so far available in the English language… Smailes has made a very significant contribution to the literature of urban geography by providing a well-balanced systematic treatment.”

—Harold M. Mayer, Economic Geography

(Reviewed together with another book) “These two books are what they purport to be: compact, abbreviated, but intrinsically interesting introductions to the geography of cities…. [T]hey will provide insights on how the anthropologists can relate the potsherds that he digs up with the social setting in which they occurred or how he can connect the lives of his informants to the material stage upon which they move.”

—Miles Richardson, American Anthropologist

“In spite of the rapid growth of urban centers in Great Britain in the last two centuries, relatively little attention has been given to the systematic study of this aspect of geography. Perhaps to no other scholar in the British Isles is more owed for his untiring work in the field of urban geography than to the author of this recent volume… Mr. Smailes has compressed within a small compass the essence of his lifelong study but has nevertheless presented it in an attractive, stimulating, and readable form… Mr. Smailes’s book is a most stimulating summary of this branch of applied geography and will be valuable not only to geographers but also to architects and planners, who frequently adopt a far too specialized approach to the construction and reconstruction of urban centers.”

—George J. Eltringham, The Geographical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202309965
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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