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  • Cities Of Spainby David Gilmour

    Random House 2012; US$ 19.31

    Unlike France and England, Spain has not been dominated by its capital, and the focus of its history shifts from city to city over the centuries, illuminating different features of the country's past. Toledo, Cordoba, Seville and Madrid have at various times managed to establish a political and cultural supremacy, Cadiz and Barcelona dominated the... more...

  • The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World Historyby Peter Clark

    Oxford University Press 2013; US$ 146.99

    In 2008 for the first time the majority of the planet's inhabitants lived in cities and towns. Becoming globally urban has been one of mankind's greatest collective achievements over time and raises many questions. How did global city systems evolve and interact in the past? How have historic urban patterns impacted on those of the contemporary... more...

  • Greater Londonby Nick Barratt

    Random House 2012; US$ 37.15

    London's suburbs may stretch for well over 600 square miles, but in historical accounts of the capital they tend to take something of a back seat. In Greater London , historian Nick Barratt places them firmly centre stage, tracing their journey from hamlets and villages far out in the open countryside to fully fledged urban enclaves, simultaneously... more...

  • Havanaby A. Estrada

    Palgrave Macmillan 2007; US$ 14.95

    Looking beyond Cold War politics and the nostalgia of Cuban exiles, Estrada uncovers the real Havana and its fascinating history. Portraying the adventurers and dreamers who left their mark on Havana, this book is a deeply personal account of a love affair with a city, as well as an entertaining portrait of a place not easily forgotten. more...

  • The Restless Cityby Joanne Reitano

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 29.95

    The Restless City: A Short History of New York from Colonial Times to the Present is a short, lively history of the world?s most exciting and diverse metropolis. It shows how New York?s perpetual struggles for power, wealth, and status exemplify the vigor, creativity, resilience, and influence of the nation?s premier urban center. The updated second... more...

  • Orienting Istanbulby Deniz Göktürk; Levent Soysal; Ipek Tureli

    Taylor and Francis 2010; US$ 62.95

    An interdisciplinary study of an iconic city, a city facing conflicting social, political and cultural pressures in its search for a place in Europe and on the world stage in the twenty-first century. more...

  • Paris, Parisby David Downie; Diane Johnson; Alison Harris

    Crown Publishing Group 2011; US$ 15.00

    San Francisco Chronicle Book Review   Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris in 1986 on a one-way ticket, his head full of romantic notions. Curiosity and the legs of a cross-country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh-floor walk-up garret near the Champs-Elysées to... more...

  • Amsterdamby Geert Mak; Philip Blom

    Random House 2010; US$ 14.85

    A magnet for trade and travellers from all over the world, stylish, cosmopolitan Amsterdam is a city of dreams and nightmares, of grand civic architecture and legendary beauty, but also of civil wars, bloody religious purges, and the tragedy of Anne Frank. In this fascinating examination of the city's soul, part history, part travel guide,... more...

  • Strolling Through Istanbulby Hilary Sumner-Boyd; John Freely

    I.B.Tauris 2009; US$ 19.00

    This classic guide to Istanbul by Hilary Sumner-Boyd and John Freely - the ?best travel guide to Istanbul? (The Times), ?a guide book that reads like a novel? (New York Times) - is here, for the first time since its original publication thirty-seven years ago, published in a completely revised and updated new edition. Taking the reader on foot through... more...

  • Lisbon: City of the Seaby Jack Malcolm

    I.B.Tauris 2007; US$ 42.00

    Lisbon: City of the Sea is a beautifully written portrait of a much loved city, from its origins in Greek legend to the present day. Malcolm Jack vividly captures the rich and unique history of this haunting and attractive port whose prominent position on the Tagus estuary has inextricably bound its character with the sea. Lisbon is a city of steep... more...