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This ambitious study treats urbanization and urbanism all over the world, and from the earliest times to the present. Professor Southall, a pioneer in the study of African cities, discusses the urban centers of ancient, medieval and modern cities. Drawing on an historical and comparative perspective, he offers a fresh analysis of world urbanization in the contemporary period of globalization. Throughout the book, he emphasizes the enduring paradox of the city, which juxtaposes splendid cultural productions with the poverty and deprivation of the majority.Read more
- First attempt to look at the human experience of the city from its earliest beginnings to the present
- Offers uniquely original interpretation, balanced coverage, and compressed
- Author acknowledged leader in the field of urban anthropology
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"Ambitious in its broad sweep and written both elegantly and insightfully, this book aims to trace the long and complex thread of urbanism over the past eight millennia." Choice
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- Date Published: January 2000
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521784320
- length: 484 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.71kg
- contains: 8 b/w illus. 3 maps
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. 'Writing the city under crisis'
2. Pristine cities
3. Greece and Rome
4. Cities of the Feudal mode of production in Europe
5. Asian cities: Asiatic and Feudal modes of production
6. From colonial to Third World cities
7. The transformation of the city: from the Feudal to the Capitalist mode of production, and on to the apocalypse.
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