It begins with the establishment of the first cities in the Near East in the fourth millennium BCE, and goes on to examine urban growth in the Indus River Valley in India, as well as Egypt and areas that bordered the Mediterranean Sea. But elsewhere, constantinople, Chang'an, Baghdad, great cities-among them, and Tenochtitlán-thrived.
Athens, alexandria, and Rome stand out both politically and culturally. The city: a world history tells the story of the rise and development of urban centers from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Their expansion resulted in a slew of social problems and political disruptions, but it was accompanied by impressive measures designed to improve urban life.
The City: A World History New Oxford World History #ad - This urban growth also accelerated in parts of the world that came under European control, such as Philadelphia in the nascent United States. As the industrial Revolution swept through in the nineteenth century, cities grew rapidly. In the late middle ages and the early Modern period, giving rise to cities like Florence, urban growth resumed in Europe, Paris, and London.
Democracy: A World History New Oxford World HistoryOxford University Press #ad - In this book, shelter, land, temma kaplan examines attempts from ancient Mesopotamia to the early twenty first century to create democratic governments that allow people to secure food, water, and peace for their mutual benefit. Since early times, proponents of direct or participatory democracy have come into conflict with the leaders of representative institutions that claim singular power over democracy.
Though few democracies have sustained themselves for significant lengths of time, their emergence nearly everywhere on earth over thousands of years indicates their resilience despite the fragility of the democratic ideal. Frequently, people in small communities, religious, or repressed racial, trade unions, and political groups have marched forward using the language of democracy to carve a space for themselves and their ideas at the center of political life.
Patriots of one form or another have tried to reclaim the initiative to determine what democracy should mean and who should manage it. In our time, the term "democracy" is frequently evoked to express aspirations for peace and social change or particular governmental systems that claim to benefit more than a select minority of the population.
Democracy: A World History New Oxford World History #ad - Sometimes they have reinterpreted the old laws, and sometimes they have formulated new laws and institutions in order to gain greater opportunities to debate the major issues of their time. This book examines the development of the democratic ideal from ancient Rome to the Cortes in Spain, the philosophies of Guru Nanak and the Castilian patriot Juan de Padilla, and such inspirational personalities as the Polish trade unionist Anna Walentnyowicz and Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi.
Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of TechnologyJohns Hopkins University Press #ad - Praise for the first edition"closely reasoned, Misa's book takes us on a personal tour of technology and history, and wit, grace, reflective, and written with insight, seeking to define and analyze paradigmatic techno-cultural eras. Technology and culture"Follows Thomas Hughes's model of combining an engaging historical narrative with deeper lessons about technology.
American scholar"his case studies, such as that of Italian futurism or the localizations of the global McDonalds, provide good starting points for thought and discussion. Journal of interdisciplinary History"This review cannot do justice to the precision and grace with which Misa analyzes technologies in their social contexts.
He convincingly demonstrates the usefulness of his conceptual model. History and technology"A fascinating, informative, and well-illustrated book. Choice. Spanning the preindustrial past, and global security, modernism, and industrial revolutions, the age of scientific, as well as the more recent eras of imperialism, political, this compelling work evaluates what Misa calls "the question of technology.
Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology #ad - Misa brings his acclaimed text up to date by examining how today's unsustainable energy systems, insecure information networks, and vulnerable global shipping have helped foster geopolitical risks and instability. Historian Thomas J. A masterful analysis of how technology and culture have influenced each other over five centuries, Leonardo to the Internet frames a history that illuminates modern-day problems and prospects faced by our technology-dependent world.
Misa's sweeping history of the relationship between technology and society over the past 500 years reveals how technological innovations have shaped -- and have been shaped by -- the cultures in which they arose.
The City: A Global History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 21Modern Library #ad - He also considers the effects of terrorism–how the religious and cultural struggles of the present pose the greatest challenge to the urban future. Truly global in scope, jane jacobs, the City is a timely narrative that will place Kotkin in the company of Lewis Mumford, and other preeminent urban scholars.
Kotkin follows the progression of the city from the early religious centers of Mesopotamia, and China to the imperial centers of the Classical era, the Indus Valley, through the rise of the Islamic city and the European commercial capitals, ending with today’s post-industrial suburban metropolis. Looking at cities in the twenty-first century, Kotkin discusses the effects of developments such as shifting demographics and emerging technologies.
The City: A Global History Modern Library Chronicles Series Book 21 #ad - If humankind can be said to have a single greatest creation, beliefs, it would be those places that represent the most eloquent expression of our species’s ingenuity, and ideals: the city. Despite widespread optimistic claims that cities are “back in style, cities can thrive only if they remain sacred, safe, ” Kotkin warns that whatever their form, and busy–and this is true for both the increasingly urbanized developing world and the often self-possessed “global cities” of the West and East Asia.
In this authoritative and engagingly written account, the acclaimed urbanist and bestselling author examines the evolution of urban life over the millennia and, political, all cities essentially serve three purposes: spiritual, in doing so, attempts to answer the age-old question: What makes a city great?Despite their infinite variety, and economic.
A Concise History of the World Cambridge Concise HistoriesCambridge University Press #ad - Incorporating foragers, scribes and secretaries, farmers and factory workers along with shamans, the book widens and lengthens human history. She examines how these structures and activities changed over time through local processes and interactions with other cultures, highlighting key developments that defined particular eras such as the growth of cities or the creation of a global trading network.
It makes comparisons and generalizations, but also notes diversities and particularities, as it examines the social and cultural matters that are at the heart of big questions in world history today. This book tells the story of humankind as producers and reproducers from the Paleolithic to the present.
A Concise History of the World Cambridge Concise Histories #ad - . Renowned social and cultural historian merry wiesner-hanks brings a new perspective to world history by examining social and cultural developments across the globe, labor, including families and kin groups, sexuality, consumption, religion, race and ethnicity, social and gender hierarchies, and material culture.
The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE New Oxford World HistoryOxford University Press #ad - And one of the things we are most curious about is how we came to be who we are--how we evolved over millions of years to become creatures capable of inquiring into our own evolution. In this lively and readable introduction, renowned anthropologist Ian Tattersall thoroughly examines both fossil and archaeological records to trace human evolution from the earliest beginnings of our zoological family, Hominidae, through the appearance of Homo sapiens to the Agricultural Revolution.
. To be human is to be curious. Focusing particularly on the pattern of events and innovations in human biological and cultural evolution, the relationship between agriculture and Christianity, including the earliest known artistic expressions, the likely causes of Neanderthal extinction, ancient burial rites, the beginnings of language, Tattersall offers illuminating commentary on a wide range of topics, and the still unsolved mysteries of human consciousness.
The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE New Oxford World History #ad - Complemented by a wealth of illustrations and written with the grace and accessibility for which Tattersall is widely admire, The World from Beginnings to 4000 BCE invites us to take a closer look at the strange and distant beings who, over the course of millions of years, would become us. He begins with an accessible overview of evolutionary theory and then explores the major turning points in human evolution: the emergence of the genus Homo, and finally the enormously consequential shift from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies 10, Paleolithic and Neolithic tool making, the advantages of bipedalism, the birth of the big brain and symbolic thinking, 000 years ago.
Chicago: A BiographyUniversity of Chicago Press #ad - Raised on the city’s south side and employed for a time in the stockyards, Pacyga gives voice to the city’s steelyard workers and kill floor operators, and maps the neighborhoods distinguished not by Louis Sullivan masterworks, but by bungalows and corner taverns. Filled with the city’s one-of-a-kind characters and all of its defining moments, Chicago: A Biography is as big and boisterous as its namesake—and as ambitious as the men and women who built it.
Nelson algren declared it a “City on the Make. Carl sandburg dubbed it the “City of Big Shoulders. Upton sinclair christened it “the Jungle, naturally, ” while New Yorkers, pronounced it “the Second City. At last there is a book for all of us, whatever we choose to call Chicago. Daley and President Barack Obama.
Chicago: A Biography #ad - In this magisterial biography, historian Dominic Pacygatraces the storied past of his hometown, from the explorations of Joliet and Marquette in 1673 to the new wave of urban pioneers today. The city’s great industrialists, indeed, reformers, and politicians—and, the many not-so-great and downright notorious—animate this book, from Al Capone and Jane Addams to Mayor Richard J.
But what distinguishes this book from the many others on the subject is its author’s uncommon ability to illuminate the lives of Chicago’s ordinary people. Chicago has been called by many names.
Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico Case Studies in Early SocietiesCambridge University Press #ad - George L. Cowgill discusses politics, religion, technology, economics, art, and possible reasons for Teotihuacan's rise and fall. It describes the city's immense pyramids and other elite structures. The book begins with cuicuilco, a predecessor that arose around 400 BCE, then traces Teotihuacan from its founding in approximately 150 BCE to its collapse around 600 CE.
. Teotihuacan is a unesco world heritage site, located in highland central Mexico, about twenty-five miles from Mexico City, visited by millions of tourists every year. First comprehensive english-language book on the largest city in the Americas before the 1400s. It also discusses the dwellings and daily lives of commoners, including men, women, and children, and the craft activities of artisans.
Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico Case Studies in Early Societies #ad - Long before the aztecs and 800 miles from classic Maya centers, Teotihuacan was part of a broad Mesoamerican tradition but had a distinctive personality that invites comparison with other states and empires of the ancient world.
What is Urban History? What is History?Polity #ad - The historiography of the field is mapped out by theme, culture and modernity, including new topics of interest, power and governance, with a particular focus on space and social identity, the built environment, and the growth and spread of transnational networking. By discussing a number of historic and fast-growing cities across the world, What is Urban History? demonstrates the importance of the history of urban life to our understanding of the world, both in the present and the future.
Written by a leading scholar, this short introduction demonstrates how urban history draws upon a wide variety of methodologies and sources, and has been integral to the rise of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to history since the second half of the twentieth century. Urban history is a well-established and flourishing field of historical research.
What is Urban History? What is History? #ad - As a result, urban history remains pivotal for explaining the continued growth of towns and cities in a global context, and is particularly useful for identifying the various problems and solutions faced by fast-growing megacities in the developing world. He takes a global and comparative viewpoint, combining a discussion of classic texts with the latest literature to illustrate the current debates and controversies across the urban world.
Shane ewen offers an accessible and clearly written guide to the study of urban history for the student, teacher, researcher or general reader who is new to the field and interested in learning about past approaches as well as key themes, concepts and trajectories for future research.
City of Djinns: A Year in DelhiHarperPress #ad - But you would run away. From the author of the samuel johnson prize-shortlisted ‘The Return of a King’, this is William Dalrymple’s captivating memoir of a year spent in Delhi, a city watched over and protected by the mischievous invisible djinns. Lodging with the beady-eyed mrs puri and encountering an extraordinary array of characters – from elusive eunuchs to the last remnants of the Raj – William Dalrymple comes to know the bewildering city intimately.
He pursues delhi’s interlacing layers of history along narrow alleys and broad boulevards, brilliantly conveying its intoxicating mix of mysticism and mayhem. City of djinns’ is an astonishing and sensitive portrait of a city, and confirms William Dalrymple as one of the most compelling explorers of India’s past and present.
City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi #ad - . Could you show me a djinn?’ I asked. Certainly, ’ replied the Sufi.
Mary BartonOpen Road Media #ad - She went on to write classics such as Wives and Daughters and was the creator of the town of Cranford, the setting for several BBC series. A portrait of the working class’s struggles during the Victorian era, Mary Barton was Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel. She decides to leave the working-class Jem Wilson, hoping instead to wed Harry Carson, the wealthy mill owner’s son.
A tale of love, and murder during the era of the trade-union movement in nineteenth-century England, class, from the author of North and South. John toils away with the trades’ union for better wages for his fellow workers in the textile mill, while Mary must consider whom she will marry. In manchester, long-suffering John Barton and his daughter, Mary, both want a better future for each other.
Mary Barton #ad - But when harry is shot down in the street, Jem becomes the prime suspect—and learning the truth may yield a future Mary cannot bear.