New York City: A Short History

New York City: A Short History

by George J. Lankevich


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New York City: A Short History by George J. Lankevich

From its origins as a primitive Dutch outpost to the sprawling urban complex it is today, the defining characteristic of New York has been constant, dramatic, and rapid change.

Formerly published as An American Metropolis , this new edition features a new preface in which Lankevich discusses the impact of the events of September 11 on the city, as well as an updated final chapter on the Giuliani administration. By understanding the history of New York, we obtain a vital sense of what America was, is, and can become.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814751855
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2002
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.95(d)

About the Author

George J. Lankevich has written more than thirty books, has contributed many articles to The Encyclopedia of New York City , and is the author of Postcards from Times Square , Postcards from Manhattan , and New York City: A Short History (NYU Press). Professor emeritus of history at Bronx Community College, he lives in Manhasset, New York.

Table of Contents

1. New Amsterdam Becomes New York

2. An English Town Becomes an American City

3. National Capital City

4. Building a Modern City

5. The Age of the Bosses

6. America’s First Metropolis

7. Governing the World’s Greatest City

8. The La Guardia Era

9. The Long Slide

10. Disaster and Rebirth

11. Contemporary New York

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From the Publisher

"Here, as in New York itself, may be found everything and everyone, from the first inept Dutch leader, William Verhulst, to the number of saloons in 1820, to the budget debacles of the 1970s."

-The New York Times Book Review,

"A splendid work of history that expands our understanding and appreciation of New York City . . . a concise, clear, and meaningful guidebook covering New York's long past."

-Journal of American History,

"Lankevich has done the near-impossible and packed almost four centuries of New York City into one slim history . . . a deft survey."

-New York History

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