The City: A World History by Andrew Lees

The City: A World History

byAndrew Lees

Paperback | October 21, 2015

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The City: A World History tells the story of the rise and development of urban centers from ancient times to the twenty-first century. It begins with the establishment of the first cities in the Near East in the fourth millennium BCE, and goes on to examine urban growth in the Indus RiverValley in India, as well as Egypt and areas that bordered the Mediterranean Sea. Athens, Alexandria, and Rome stand out both politically and culturally. With the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, European cities entered into a long period of waning and deterioration. But elsewhere, great cities- among them, Constantinople, Baghdad, Chang'an, and Tenochtitlan - thrived. In the late Middle Ages and the Early Modern period, urban growth resumed in Europe, giving rise to cities like Florence, Paris, and London. This urban growth also accelerated in parts of the world that came under Europeancontrol, such as Philadelphia in the nascent United States. As the Industrial Revolution swept through in the nineteenth century, cities grew rapidly. Their expansion resulted in a slew of social problems and political disruptions, but it was accompanied by impressive measures designed to improve urban life. Meanwhile, colonial cities bore the imprint ofEuropean imperialism. Finally, the book turns to the years since 1914, guided by a few themes: the impact of war and revolution; urban reconstruction after 1945; migration out of many cities in the United States into growing suburbs; and the explosive growth of "megacities" in the developingworld.

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Andrew Lees is Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University - Camden.

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Title:The City: A World HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.09 × 6.1 × 0.39 inPublished:October 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019985954X

ISBN - 13:9780199859542

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Editors' Preface1. Origins and Locations of Early Cities, 3000-500 BCE2. Great Cities, 500 BCE-300 CE3. Decline and Development, 300-15004. Capitals, Culture, Colonization, and Revolution, 1500-18005. Urban Growth and Its Consequences in an Age of Industrialization, 1800-19146. Colonial Cities, 1800-19147. Destruction and Reconstruction, 1914-19608. Urban Decline and Urban Growth, 1950-2013ChronologyNotesFurther ReadingWebsitesIndex