A History of Future Cities

A History of Future Cities

by Daniel Brook
A History of Future Cities

A History of Future Cities

by Daniel Brook


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Hailed as an "original and fascinating book" (Times Literary Supplement), A History of Future Cities is Daniel Brook's captivating investigation of four "instant cities"--St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai--that sought to catapult themselves into the future by emulating the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393348866
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 04/21/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 700,738
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Daniel Brook is a journalist and author whose writing has appeared in Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and the Nation. Born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, and educated at Yale University, Brook lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Maps xii

Introduction: The Twenty-First Century: An Orientation 1

1 New Amsterdam: St. Petersburg, 1703-1825 13

2 Shanghai Race Club: Shanghai, 1842-1911 53

3 Urbs Prima in Indis: Bombay, 1857-1896 91

4 City on Spilt Blood: St. Petersburg/Petrograd/Leningrad, 1825-1934 127

5 Great World: Shanghai, 1911-1937 165

6 The City Under Progress's Feet: Bombay, 1896-1947 199

7 Closing Three Windows and Opening a Fourth 227

I: The Two-Front War: Leningrad, 1934-1985 229

II: The Dark Ages: Shanghai, 1937-1989 239

III: License-Permit Raj: Bombay, 1947-1991 250

IV: The City at the Center of the World: Dubai, to 1981 259

8 From Perestroika to Petrolgrad: Leningrad, 1985-St. Petersburg, Present 269

9 The Head of the Dragon: Shanghai, 1989-Present 295

10 Slumdogs and Millionaires: Bombay, 1991-Mumbai, Present 325

11 Dubai Inc. Proudly Presents the International City™: Dubai, 1981-Present 351

Conclusion: Glimpses of Utopia 381

Coda: From Windows on the West to Windows of the World 389

Acknowledgments 397

Bibliographic Note 401

Notes 403

Linage Credits 429

Index 431

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