The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Paperback | May 4, 2016

EditorPeter Clark

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In 2008 for the first time the majority of the planet's inhabitants lived in cities and towns. Becoming globally urban has been one of mankind's greatest collective achievements over time, and raises many questions. How did global city systems evolve and interact in the past? How have historicurban patterns impacted on those of the contemporary world? And what were the key drivers in the roller-coaster of urban change over the millennia - market forces such as trade and industry, rulers and governments, competition and collaboration between cities, or the urban environment anddemographic forces? This pioneering comparative work by leading scholars drawn from a range of disciplines offers the first detailed comparative study of urban development from ancient times to the present day. The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History explores not only the main trends in the growth of cities and towns across the world - in Asia and the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and the Americas - and the different types of cities from great metropolitan centres to suburbs, colonial cities, andmarket towns, but also many of the essential themes in the making and remaking of the urban world: the role of power, economic development, migration, social inequality, environmental challenge and the urban response, religion and representation, cinema, and urban creativity. Split into three partscovering Ancient cities, the medieval and early-modern period, and the modern and contemporary era, it begins with an introduction by the editor identifying the importance and challenges of research on cities in world history, as well as the crucial outlines of urban development since the earliestcities in ancient Mesopotamia to the present.

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In 2008 for the first time the majority of the planet's inhabitants lived in cities and towns. Becoming globally urban has been one of mankind's greatest collective achievements over time, and raises many questions. How did global city systems evolve and interact in the past? How have historicurban patterns impacted on those of the con...

Peter Clark was until recently Professor of European Urban History at the University of Helsinki. Educated at Oxford he was the first director (1985) of the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester where he remains Visiting Professor. In 1989 he helped found the European Association for Urban History and he has published...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:912 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:May 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Peter Clark: IntroductionPart I: Early Cities2. Augusta McMahon: Mesopotamia3. Robin Osborne and Andrew Wallace-Hadrill: Cities of the Ancient Mediterranean4. David Mattingly and Kevin MacDonald: Africa5. Cameron A. Petrie: South Asia6. N. Steinhardt: China7. David L. Stone: Economy8. Luuk de Ligt: Population and Migration9. Mario Liverani: Power and Citizenship10. J.A. Baird: Religion and Ritual11. Ray Laurence: Planning and EnvironmentPart II: Pre-Modern Cities12. Marc Boone: Medieval Europe13. Bruno Blonde and Ilja Van Damme: Early Modern Europe: 1500-180014. Dominique Valerian: Middle East: 7th-15th Centuries15. Ebru Boyar: The Ottoman City: 1500-180016. Hilde de Weerdt: China: 600-130017. William T. Rowe: China: 1300-190018. James McClain: Japan's Pre-modern Urbanism19. Leonard Blusse: Port Cities of South East Asia: 1400-180020. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto: Latin America21. Bas van Bavel, Maarten Bosker, Eltjo Buringh, and Jan Luiten van Zanden: Economy22. Anne Winter: Population and Migration: European and Chinese Experiences Compared23. Wim Blockmans and Marjolein 't Hart: Power24. Peter Burke: Culture: RepresentationsPart III: Modern and Contemporary Cities25. Andrew Lees and Lynn Hollen Lees: Europe: 1800-200026. Alan Gilbert: Latin America27. Carl Abbott: North America28. Kristin Stapleton: China: 1900 to the Present29. Paul Waley: Japan30. Prashant Kidambi: South Asia31. Howard Dick and Peter J. Rimmer: South East Asia and Australia32. Mercedes Volait and Mohammad Al-Asad: Middle East33. Bill Freund: Africa: 1000-201034. Ho-fung Hung and Shaohua Zhan: Industrialization and the City: East and West35. Leo Lucassen: Population and Migration36. Alan Gilbert: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Segregation37. Martin V. Melosi: The Urban Environment38. Marjatta Hietala and Peter Clark: Creative Cities39. Hannu Salmi: Cinema and the City40. Thomas R. Metcalf: Colonial Cities41. Xiangming Chen and Henry Fitts: Contemporary Metropolitan Cities42. Jussi S. Jauhiainen: Suburbs43. Carola Hein: Port Cities44. Penelope J. Corfield: Conclusion: Cities in Time

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