The City

The City : A Short History

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Cities are mankind's greatest creation. They represent the most eloquent expression of our species' ingenuity, beliefs and ideals. From Babylon and Rome to London, New York and Tokyo, Joel Kotkin examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia in order to establish what made - and makes - a city great. Despite their infinite variety, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, political and economic. Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centres of Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and China, to the imperial centres of the Classical era, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today's post-industrial suburban metropolis'. Today's cities face many problems, and they can only thrive if they remain sacred, safe and busy. This is as true for the developing world, where at least 600 million people now live in squatter cities' , as it is for the great global cities which face the challenges of shifting demographics, new technologies and the threat of terrorism.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 22mm | 240.41g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753820625
  • 9780753820629

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Advance Praise for "The City" " A compelling and original synthesis that belongs on the urbanist' s bookshelf with Lewis Mumford, Peter Hall, and Fernand Braudel." - Witold Rybczynski, Martin & Margy Meyerson Professor of Urbanism, School of Design, professor of Real Estate, Wharton School " No one knows more about cities than Joel Kotkin, and has more to teach us about them. In The City, Kotkin takes us on a brisk and invigorating tour of cities from the Babylon of ancient times to the burgeoning exurbs of today. It is impossible not to learn a lot from this book." - Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News & World Report, and co-author of The Almanac of American Politics " If you want to understand why the future of American and European cities is mixed at best, if you want to understand why George Bush won the 2004 election, you need to read Joel Kotkin' s account of how and why cities have developed and declined." - Fred Siegel, author of "Prince of the City: Giuliani," "New York" and the "Genius of American Life," senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute " Unique and powerful insights into urban life . . . This book is a great read." - Bob Lanier, Mayor of Houston, 1992-1998 "From the Hardcover edition."
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About Joel Kotkin

Joel Kotkin is an international Fellow at Pepperdine University School of Business in Los Angeles, and an authority on global economic and social issues. He is a contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Opinion Section, The New Democrat and a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. He lives in North Hollywood, California.
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