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The City

A World History

Andrew Lees

October 2015

ISBN: 9780199859542

160 pages

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New Oxford World History

Price: £15.99



The City: A World History depicts the rise of urban centers from the middle of the fourth century BCE to the early twenty-first century. It begins in the ancient Near East, and traces urban growth and its effects throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

  • A concise introduction that covers global urban history from the beginnings to the present
  • Cities are often the subject of (economic, environmental, etc.) public concern. This book provides helpful background.
  • An accessible window into the full sweep of urban history

About the Author(s)

Andrew Lees, Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden

Distinguished Professor of History, Rutgers University - Camden

Table of Contents

    Editors' Preface
    Chapter 1 Origins and Locations of Early Cities, 3000-500 BCE
    Chapter 2 Great Cities, 500 BCE-300 CE
    Chapter 3 Decline and Development, 300-1500
    Chapter 4 Capitals, Culture, Colonization, and Revolution, 1500-1800
    Chapter 5 Urban Growth and Its Consequences in an Age of Industrialization, 1800-1914
    Chapter 6 Colonial Cities, 1800-1914
    Chapter 7 Destruction and Reconstruction, 1914-1960
    Chapter 8 Urban Decline and Urban Growth, 1950-2013
    Further Reading


"[Lees'] greatly successful and accessible work on this massive subject is critical ... Readers will greatly appreciate the illustrations and maps, as well as the accompanying chronology, further reading, and websites. Squarely aimed at undergraduates, general readers also certainly would profit from the book's broad sweep and fascinating examples ... Highly recommended." - J. Rogers, CHOICE