The Great Cities in History

The Great Cities in History

Book - 2009
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Today, for the first time in history, the majority of people in the world live in cities. The implications and challenges associated with this fact are enormous. But how did we get here?

From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization. The Great Cities in History tells their stories, starting with the earliest, from Uruk and Memphis to Jerusalem and Alexandria. Next come the fabulous cities of the first millennium: Damascus and Baghdad, Teotihuacan and Tikal, and Chang'an, capital of Tang Dynasty China. The medieval world saw the rise of powerful cities such as Palermo and Paris in Europe, Benin in Africa, and Angkor in southeast Asia. The last two sections bring us from the early modern world, with Isfahan, Agra, and Amsterdam, to the contemporary city: London and New York, Tokyo and Barcelona, Los Angeles and Sao Paulo.

The distinguished contributors, including Jan Morris, Michael D. Coe, Simon Schama, Orlando Figes, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Misha Glenny, Susan Toby Evans, and A. N. Wilson, evoke the character of each place--people, art and architecture, government--and explain the reasons for its success.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2009.
ISBN: 9780500251546
Branch Call Number: 307.7609 GREAT C
Characteristics: 304 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: Norwich, John Julius 1929-


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Jul 17, 2010

A great reference book that is also fun to read. Many photos for each city covered which are from all continents but Antarctica, and from prehistoric times to our day.


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