Pre-Industrial Cities and Technology: Cities and Technology

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Overview

This, the first book in the series, explores cities from the earliest earth built settlements to the dawn of the industrial age exploring ancient, Medieval, early modern and renaissance cities. Among the cities examined are Uruk, Babylon, Thebes, Athens, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Siena, Florence, Antwerp, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Timbuktu, Great Zimbabwe, Hangzhou, Beijing and Hankou Among the technologies discussed are: irrigation, water transport, urban public transport, aqueducts, building materials such as brick and Roman concrete, weaponry and fortifications, street lighting and public clocks.

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Designed to be used in a course at The Open University, the text examines technological aspects of ancient, Medieval, and early modern cities in western history; cities in China before 1840; and cities in Africa before colonization. Contributors from urban archaeology, urban history, urban historical geography, and architectural history present nine studies investigating the extent to which major changes in the physical form and fabric of towns and cities have been stimulated by technological developments, and exploring within the urban setting the social origins and contexts of technology. A companion reader is available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415200769
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Series: Cities and Technology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 354
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 11.69 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Chant is a lecturer in History of Science and Technology and David Goodman is Head of the Department of History of Science and Technology, both at the Open University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Pt. 1 Ancient Cities
1 The Near East 1
2 Greece 48
3 Rome 81
Pt. 2 Medieval and Early Modern Cities
4 Medieval cities 115
5 Renaissance cities 163
6 The Early Modern city 186
7 Cities of the New World 242
Pt. 3 Pre-industrial Cities in China and Africa
8 Five Chinese cities before 1840 263
9 The city in pre-colonial Africa 322
Conclusion: the Sjoberg model 342
Index 345
Acknowledgements 356
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