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

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1961 - History - 657 pages
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD. A definitive classic, Lewis Mumford's massive historical study brings together a wide array of evidence -- from the earliest group habitats to medieval towns to the modern centers of commerce -- to show how the urban form has changed throughout human civilization.
Mumford explores the factors that made Greek cities uniques and offers a controversial view of the Roman city concept. He explains how the role of monasticism influenced Christian towns and how mercanitile capitalism shapes the modern city today.
The City in History remains a powerfully influential work, one that has shaped the agendas of urban planners, sociologists, and social critics since its publication in the 1960s.
 

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A survey of the roles that urban gatherings have played in Human history. We have enjoyed the city, and of course found great dissatisfaction with it. Mumford's survey gets frequent reprints, and is ... Read full review

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

Contents

PREFACE xi
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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