The City in History: Its Origins, Its Transformations, and Its Prospects

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1961 - History - 657 pages
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The city’s development from ancient times to the modern age. Winner of the National Book Award. “One of the major works of scholarship of the twentieth century” (Christian Science Monitor). Index; illustrations.
 

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THE CITY IN HISTORY: Its Origins, Its Transformations, And Its Prospects

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The distillation of years of research, study, reflection and writing — and the fulfillment of the promise of The Culture of Cities, The City in History will challenge, disturb and inform all who come ... Read full review

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This book is both dystopian an disturbing. As a history it is more a catalogue of mistakes and processes gone wrong than a simple history. The book is erudite and scholarly but hardly optimistic. The ... Read full review

Contents

SANCTUARY VILLAGE AND STRONGHOLD
3
THE CRYSTALLIZATION OF THE CITY
29
ANCESTRAL FORMS AND PATTERNS
55
THE NATURE OF THE ANCIENT CITY
94
EMERGENCE OF THE POLIS
119
CITIZEN VERSUS IDEAL CITY
158
HELLENISTIC ABSOLUTISM AND URBANITY
183
MEGALOPOLIS INTO NECROPOLIS
205
THE STRUCTURE OF BAROQUE POWER
344
COURT PARADE AND CAPITAL
375
COMMERCIAL EXPANSION AND URBAN DISSOLUTION
410
PALEOTECHNIC PARADISE COKETOWN
446
SUBURBIAAND BEYOND
482
THE MYTH OF MEGALOPOLIS
525
RETROSPECT AND PROSPECT
568
BIBLIOGRAPHY
579

CLOISTER AND COMMUNITY
243
MEDIEVAL URBAN HOUSEKEEPING
281
MEDIEVAL DISRUPTIONS MODERN ANTICIPATIONS
315
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
635
INDEX
637
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Lewis Mumford (1895-1990) was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1955 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964. He is the author of The City in History, The Culture of Cities, Condition of Man, Interpretations and Forecasts, and Sketches from Life.

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