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The City By Andrew Lees (Distinguished Professor of History, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden)

Summary

The City: A World History depicts the rise of urban centers from the middle of the fourth century BCE to the early twenty-first century. It begins in the ancient Near East, and traces urban growth and its effects throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

The City Summary

The City: A World History by Andrew Lees (Distinguished Professor of History, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden)

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 River Valley 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 European control, 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 of European 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 developing world.

The City Reviews

[Lees'] greatly successful and accessible work on this massive subject is critical ... Readers will greatly appreciate the illustrations and maps, as well as the accompanying chronology, further reading, and websites. Squarely aimed at undergraduates, general readers also certainly would profit from the book's broad sweep and fascinating examples ... Highly recommended. * J. Rogers, CHOICE *

About Andrew Lees (Distinguished Professor of History, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden)

Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface ; Chapter 1 Origins and Locations of Early Cities, 3000-500 BCE ; Chapter 2 Great Cities, 500 BCE-300 CE ; Chapter 3 Decline and Development, 300-1500 ; Chapter 4 Capitals, Culture, Colonization, and Revolution, 1500-1800 ; Chapter 5 Urban Growth and Its Consequences in an Age of Industrialization, 1800-1914 ; Chapter 6 Colonial Cities, 1800-1914 ; Chapter 7 Destruction and Reconstruction, 1914-1960 ; Chapter 8 Urban Decline and Urban Growth, 1950-2013 ; Chronology ; Notes ; Further Reading ; Websites ; Index

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GOR011125884
9780199859542
019985954X
The City: A World History by Andrew Lees (Distinguished Professor of History, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden)
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Paperback
Oxford University Press Inc
2015-10-29
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