The Growth of Non-western Cities

The Growth of Non-western Cities : Primary and Secondary Urban Networking, C. 900-1900

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These interdisciplinary studies address pre-1900 non-Western urban growth in the African Sudan, Mexico, the Ottoman Middle East, and South, Southeast, and East Asia. Therein, primary and secondary cities served as functional societal agents that were viable and potentially powerful alternatives to the diversity of kinship-based local or regional networks, the societal delegated spaces in which local and external agencies met and interacted in a wide variety of political, economic, spiritual, and military more

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  • Hardback | 358 pages
  • 165.1 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 657.71g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739149989
  • 9780739149980

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From the China Sea to the Persian Gulf-with excursions into Africa, Eastern Europe, and North America-the authors in this collection capture a world in motion. Through their eyes we see traders, government officials, and religious functionaries moving across shifting networks of commerce, culture, and faith-in the process shaping a world of cities that thrives far from the more familiar landmarks of western urbanism. -- Eric Sandweiss, Indiana University An interesting and wide-ranging study... This book takes on an understudied and under-theorized topic and makes it accessible to the general reader. The comparative dimensions of the book will surely be important to a number of scholars working in different fields across the globe. -- Eric Tagliacozzo, Cornell University This collection brings together wide-ranging, creative scholarship that foregrounds ground-level connections across cities and cultures. Its fresh ecologies of knowledge provide stimulating new views of flows of peoples and ideas that help us rethink the construction of world networks without the blinders of a singular "Western gaze." Readers will appreciate the attention to rich texts and visual data and the connections that resonate across millennia and continents. The essays are especially stimulating in remapping Asian cities from grassroots and local hierarchies but have much wider implications for the present and future as well as recasting our gaze on Western urban networks as well. -- Gary W. McDonogh, Bryn Mawr College These 12 essays derive from a 2009 conference hosted by editor Hall at Ball State University. He challenged participants to employ new social scientific models of human networking to explore historical changes in non-Western urban systems. The essays present research on small cities in East and Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean basin, Africa, Mexico, and the Ottoman Balkans that highlights internal local agency rather than external imperial pressures. The authors analyze documents and artifacts that elicit how local communities conceptualized their relationships with distant trading partners or hubs of power, and how they reconceptualized themselves as waves of migration, emerging economic opportunities, missionary visions, shifts in political boundaries, and, in the final essays, modernization reconfigured local social relations and ethnic interactions. The essays are informed by postcolonial theories applied to precolonial histories, but the case studies successfully put historical faces on the overarching theoretical framework. Europeans play peripheral roles in these essays, yet students of premodern European urban history have much to learn from this work. Figurative models of urban networks, maps, and photographs of archaeological sites and contemporary imagery enrich the text. Essay-specific endnotes. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty. CHOICEshow more

About Kenneth R. Hall

Kenneth R. Hall is professor of History at Ball State University. His most recent books are A History of Early Southeast Asia: Maritime Trade and Cultural Development; New Perspectives in the History and Historiography of Southeast Asia, Continuing Explorations (co-editor with Michael Aung-Thwin, 2011); Secondary Cities and Urban Networking in the Indian Ocean Realm, c. 1400-1800 (editor, 2008); and Structural Change in Early South India (editor, 2001/2005).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Chapter 1: Cities, Networks, and Cultures of Knowledge: A Global Overview Part 3 Part I: Urban Networking in the Early Indian Ocean Realm Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Port-City Networking in the Indian Ocean Commercial System Represented in Geographic and Cartographic Works in China and the Islamic West from c. 750 to 1500 Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Secondary Ports and Their Cults: Religious Innovation in the Port System of Greater Quangzhou (Southern China) in the 10th-12th Centuries Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Buddhist Conversions and the Creation of Urban Hierarchies in Vietnam and Cambodia, c. 1000-1200 Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Why Did Le Van Thinh Revolt? Buddhism and Political Integration in Early 12th Century Dai Viet Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Khuba and Muslim Networks in the Indian Ocean (Part II) - Timurid and Ottoman Engagements Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Urbanization and Ironworking in the Nubian State Tradition Part 10 Part II: Secondary Cities and Urban Networking in the Non-Western World, c. 1500-1900 Chapter 11 Chapter 8: Dengzhou and the Bohai Gulf in Seventeenth-Century Northeast Asia Chapter 12 Chapter 9: The Origins of the Post Designation System in the Qing Field Administration Network Chapter 13 Chapter 10: The Collapse of the English Trade Entrepots at Pulo Condore and Banjarmasin and the Legacy of Early British East India Company Urban Network-Building in Southeast Asia Chapter 14 Chapter 11: Taverns and Their Influence on the Suburban Culture of Late Nineteenth-Century Mexico City Chapter 15 Chapter 12: Networks, Railroads, and Small Cities in the Ottoman Balkansshow more

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