Cities

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Dec 1, 2007 - Social Science - 384 pages
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In Cities, the acclaimed historian John Reader takes us on a journey of the city—from its earliest example in the Ancient Near East to today’s teeming centers of compressed existence, such as Mumbai and Tokyo. Cities are home to half the planet’s population and consume nearly three-quarters of its natural resources. For Reader, they are our most natural artifacts, the civic spirit of our collective ingenuity. He gives us the ecological and functional context of how cities evolved throughout human history—the connection between pottery making and childbirth in ancient Anatolia, plumbing and politics in ancient Rome, and revolution and street planning in nineteenth-century Paris. This illuminating study helps us to understand how urban centers thrive, decline, and rise again—and prepares us for the role cities will play in the future.
 

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British photojournalist Reader (Africa: A Biography of the Continent ) presents a chronological collection of thematic essays on urban life. Taking a global perspective, he looks at the functionality ... Read full review

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Contents

How Did It Begin?
10
Where Did It Begin?
25
War Greece and Rome
51
The Works of Giants Mouldereth Away
68
In the Name of God and for Profit
95
Princes Capital and Merchants City
108
By What Complicated Wheels
129
The City Found Wanting
145
The Greatness of Princes
217
I6 Capturing the Horizon
233
The city here complete
248
Visions and Opportunties
281
2o We Tread Too Heavily
294
Notes
307
Bibliography
326
Index
342

Cities Built on Water
181
I4 Eternal Problems
201

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