Cities

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Grove Press, 2004 - 403 עמודים
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InCities, 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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First Impressions
1
How Did It Begin?
10
Where Did It Begin?
25
Common Threads
32
War Greece and Rome
51
The Works of Giants Mouldereth Away
68
In the Name of God and for Profit
93
Princes Capital and Merchants City
108
Turn to the Sun
191
Eternal Problems
199
The Greatness of Princes
215
Capturing the Horizon
231
The city here complete
246
Accommodating Politics
269
19 Visions and Opportunities
279
We Tread too Heavily
292

By What Complicated Wheels
127
The City Found Wanting
144
The Impact of Numbers
160
Cities Built on Water
179
Notes
305
Bibliography
324
Index
340
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John Reader is an author and photojournalist. He holds fellowships in the Department of Anthropology at University College London, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Geographic Society.

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