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Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

This seminal volume covers the entire global history of urbanization since the rise of cities in Mesopotamia in the 6th millennium BC. Leiden historians Wim Blockmans, Leonard Blussé, Luuk de Ligt and Leo Lucassen contributed survey and thematic chapters.

Peter Clark (ed.), Wim Blockmans, Leonard Blussé, Luuk de Ligt and Leonard Lucassen
30 May 2013
Oxford University Press

In total the book offers 44 chapters by leading scholars (From Peter Burke and Felipe Fernández-Arnesto to Lynn Hollen Lees and William Rowe). It is the first detailed comparative study of cities in world history from origins to the present, demonstrating that the development of cities is crucial for understanding global history.

The Handbook 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, and market 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.

ISBN: 9780199589531 | 912 pages | £ 95.00

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