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The City: A Global History (Modern Library Chronicles)

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If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: the city. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to answer the age-old question: What makes a city great?

Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political, and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis.

Despite widespread optimistic claims that cities are “back in style,” Kotkin warns that whatever their form, cities can thrive only if they remain sacred, safe, and busy–and this is true for both the increasingly urbanized developing world and the often self-possessed “global cities” of the West and East Asia.

Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies. He also considers the effects of terrorism–how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future.

Truly global in scope, The City is a timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and other preeminent urban scholars.

Synopsis:

If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: the city. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to answer the age-old question: What makes a city great?

Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political, and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis.

Despite widespread optimistic claims that cities are “back in style,” Kotkin warns that whatever their form, cities can thrive only if they remain sacred, safe, and busy–and this is true for both the increasingly urbanized developing world and the often self-possessed “global cities” of the West and East Asia.

Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies. He also considers the effects of terrorism–how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future.

Truly global in scope, The City is a timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and other preeminent urban scholars.

Synopsis:

Cities are the fulcrum of civilization. In this short, authoritative, yet winningly informal account, urbanist Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of cities and urban life over thousands of years. He begins with the religious roots of urbanism in Mosopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China, and takes us to the emergence of the classical city; Byzantium and the cities of the Middle East and China; the rise of Venice and subsequent commercial city-empires; the industrial city (from London, Chicago, and Tokyo to Shanghai and Detroit); and on to the post-industrial, sub-urban realities of today, with a particular emphasis on the cities of the developing world. He concludes with a shrewd diagnosis of the problems and crises facing cities in the twenty-first century. Unlike other books on cities, Kotkin's is truly global in scope. For Kotkin, cities are not merely machines for living but reflect the eternal characteristics of places sacred, safe, and busy. In looking at the history of city life as a continuous whole, The City is nothing less than a breathtaking account of the human achievement itself.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679603368
Author:
Kotkin, Joel
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Cities and towns
Series:
Modern Library Chronicles
Publication Date:
April 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.26x5.66x.80 in. .77 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, beliefs, and ideals: the city. In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, in doing so, attempts to answer the age-old question: What makes a city great?

Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political, and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China to the imperial centers of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis.

Despite widespread optimistic claims that cities are “back in style,” Kotkin warns that whatever their form, cities can thrive only if they remain sacred, safe, and busy–and this is true for both the increasingly urbanized developing world and the often self-possessed “global cities” of the West and East Asia.

Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies. He also considers the effects of terrorism–how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future.

Truly global in scope, The City is a timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, Jane Jacobs, and other preeminent urban scholars.

"Synopsis" by , Cities are the fulcrum of civilization. In this short, authoritative, yet winningly informal account, urbanist Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of cities and urban life over thousands of years. He begins with the religious roots of urbanism in Mosopotamia, the Indus Valley, and China, and takes us to the emergence of the classical city; Byzantium and the cities of the Middle East and China; the rise of Venice and subsequent commercial city-empires; the industrial city (from London, Chicago, and Tokyo to Shanghai and Detroit); and on to the post-industrial, sub-urban realities of today, with a particular emphasis on the cities of the developing world. He concludes with a shrewd diagnosis of the problems and crises facing cities in the twenty-first century. Unlike other books on cities, Kotkin's is truly global in scope. For Kotkin, cities are not merely machines for living but reflect the eternal characteristics of places sacred, safe, and busy. In looking at the history of city life as a continuous whole, The City is nothing less than a breathtaking account of the human achievement itself.
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