The Great Cities in History

The Great Cities in History


Edited by John Julius Norwich

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 208mm x 267mm x 33mm | 1,474g
  • Publication date: 12 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500251541
  • ISBN 13: 9780500251546
  • Illustrations note: 290 illustrations, 244 in colour
  • Sales rank: 80,445

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From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization. "The Great Cities in History" tells their stories, from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and Sao Paulo. A galaxy of distinguished contributors evoke the character of each place its people, its art and architecture, its government and explain the reasons for its success. Richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, maps and plans, this volume is nothing less that a portrait of world civilization.

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A careful historian s vision of a man s metropolitan history. There are 68 cities here included. Each is accorded a short chapter written by contributors . The cities under discussion range from the primordial Uruk to modern monsters like Sao Paulo, taking in, along the way, a host of conurbations from the ancient, the medieval, and the early modern periods Packed with such savory detail, relayed by writers and historians who appear to eat, sleep and breathe their cities.