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    Descriptionn 1703, Peter the Great founded his eponymous capital on a Baltic marsh. Modelled on Amsterdam, he believed it would usher in a modernised, Westernised future. In the nineteenth-century Age of Imperialism, the British rebuilt Bombay as a tropical London, while three Western powers made Shanghai look just like home. In our time, the sheikh of Dubai has transformed his desert city into a skyscraper-studded global hub. The cultural and historical threads that connect these cities and their conflicted embrace of modernity are brought into relief in Daniel Brook's captivating mix of history and reportage - a story of architects and authoritarians, artists and revolutionaries who take these facsimiles of the West and turn them into crucibles of non-Western modernism. A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalisation's long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.

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    A History of Future Cities
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Brook
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 38 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780393348866
    ISBN 10: 0393348865

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
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    BIC E4L: SOC
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BIC subject category V2: JFSG
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000, HIS008000
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    LC classification: HM
    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    B&T Approval Code: A31760000
    BISAC V2.8: POL033000, SOC037000, SOC026030
    DC22: 307.76
    Abridged Dewey: 307
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17410
    DC23: 307.7609
    Thema V1.0: GTQ, JBSD, NHB, NHD, NHF, NHG
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    12 illustrations; 4 maps
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    20 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel Brook is the author of The Trap and a journalist whose work has appeared in publications including Harper's, The Nation and Slate.
    Review quote
    "Daniel Brook tells a fast moving story, filling in much of the political history of each city along the way." History Today "...there is much to enjoy in this timely and accessible contribution to our debates on the future of the city." RIBAJ "A History of Future Citiesremains a delicious read..." Time Out Mumbai "...he [Brook] marshals well-known facts with great facility into exciting narratives that steer us from each city's origin, through cycles of boom and bust, to its present state." Caravan "an interesting addition to the debate about the importance of cities, the contradictions they embody and the creative potential of human beings." Socialist Review "[A History of Future Cities] offers a rich panorama of the mechanisms at work in cities which may one day displace London, Paris and New York as the torchbearers of progress. As such, it deserves our full attention." Literary Review