The Pre-Industrial Cities and Technology Reader

The Pre-Industrial Cities and Technology Reader

by Colin Chant
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415200776

ISBN-13: 9780415200776

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Pre-Industrial Cities Reader is designed to be used on its own or as a companion volume to the accompanying Pre-Industrial Cities: Open University textbook, in the same series. Compiled as a reference source for students, this reader is divided into three main sections, presenting key readings on: Ancient Cities, Medieval and Early Modern

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The Pre-Industrial Cities Reader is designed to be used on its own or as a companion volume to the accompanying Pre-Industrial Cities: Open University textbook, in the same series. Compiled as a reference source for students, this reader is divided into three main sections, presenting key readings on: Ancient Cities, Medieval and Early Modern Cities, and Pre-Industrial Cities in China and Africa. Among the technologies discussed are: agricaultural innovations such as the heavy plough, water transport, the medieval road revolution, the first urban public transport, aqueducts, building materials such as brick and Roman concrete, weaponry and fortifications, water clocks, street lighting, and fire-fighting. Among the cities covered are: Uruk, Babylon, Thebes, Athens, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Siena, Florence, Antwerp, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Hangzhou, Beijing and Hankou.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415200776
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Cities and Technology Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables
Introduction1
Pt. 1Ancient Cities3
1Urban Origins: a review of theories7
2Bricks and Brickmaking in Mud and Clay15
3History18
4Deir el-Medina23
5Heavy Transport in Classical Antiquity29
6Ancient Greek Water Supply37
7Lifting in Early Greek Architecture42
8The Organization and Supply of Roman Building48
9The Construction of Fortified Towns59
10On the Water Supply of the City of Rome63
11A Model of Agricultural Change66
12The Transformation of the Roman Suburbium76
Pt. 2Medieval and Early Modern Cities87
13Water Supply in Early Medieval Italy91
14From Polis to Madina: urban change in late antique and early Islamic Syria94
15Medieval Technology and Social Change99
16Fuelling the City: production and distribution of firewood and fuel in London's region, 1290-1400104
17Road Improvement in Thirteenth-century Pisa120
18Town and Hinterland in Medieval Scotland125
19Building Renaissance Florence: materials, techniques, organization129
20Repositioning the Vatican Obelisk136
21Urbanization in Early Modern Europe: change or continuity?142
22Technology and the Built Environment of the Early Modern City145
23A Golden Age: Innovations in Dutch Cities, 1648-1720150
24Fire-fighting Technology in Early Modern England155
25Technological Innovation in Seventeenth-century Paris157
26Rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666163
27Technological Change in a Traditional Society: the case of the desague in colonial Mexico166
Pt. 3Pre-industrial Cities in China and Africa173
28Building in The Book of Odes176
29Meanings of Walls and Gates178
30Water-pipes, Fountains and Clocks187
31Tiles, Bricks and Coal191
32Guilds and Property Development in Hankou199
33Fire Brigades and Ferries in Hankou205
34A Description of Hankou in 1850214
35Hausa Building Techniques218
36Building-types of the Hausa People: characteristics and formative influences235
Pt. 4The Sjoberg Model245
37The Pre-industrial City246
38Some Reflections on the Pre-industrial City251
Acknowledgements258
Index261

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