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About this Cambridge Elements series:

This series proposes a new understanding of urban history by reinterpreting the history of the world’s cities. While urban history has tended to produce single-city case studies, global history has mostly been concerned with the interconnectedness of the world. Combining these two approaches produces a new framework to think about the urban past. The individual titles in the series emphasize global, comparative, and transnational approaches. They deliver empirical research about specific cities, while also exploring questions that expand the narrative outside the immediate locale to give insights into global trends and conceptual debates. Authored by established and emerging scholars whose work represents the most exciting new directions in urban history, this series makes pioneering research accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike.

About the editors

Michael Goebel is the Einstein Professor of Global History at the Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the histories of nationalism, of cities, and of migration. He is the author of Anti-Imperial Metropolis: Interwar Paris and the Seeds of Third World Nationalism (2015).

Tracy Neumann is the co-coordinator of the Global Urban History Project. Her research focuses on global and transnational approaches to cities and the built environment. She is the author of Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America (2016) and of essays on urban history and public policy.

Joseph Ben Prestel is an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) of history at Freie Universität Berlin. His research focuses on the histories of Europe and the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as on global and urban history. He is the author of Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910 (2017).

Read a series introduction by the editors here.

Forthcoming Elements in this series include:

Early Modern Atlantic Cities - Mariana Dantas and Emma Hart

Making Cities Socialist - Katherine Zubovich

Author interviews

Click the images below to read interviews with our latest authors in this series