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Great cities of the world

  • The Seven Hills of Romeby Grant Heiken; Renato Funiciello; Donatella de Rita; Walter Veltroni

    Princeton University Press 2013; US$ 26.95

    From humble beginnings, Rome became perhaps the greatest intercontinental power in the world. Why did this historic city become so much more influential than its neighbor, nearby Latium, which was peopled by more or less the same stock? Over the years, historians, political analysts, and sociologists have discussed this question ad infinitum , without... more...

  • System Cityby Michael Weinstock

    Wiley 2013; US$ 45.00

    A radical shift is taking place in the way that society is thinking about cities, a change from the machine metaphors of the 20th century to mathematical models of the processes of biological and natural systems. From this new perspective, cities are regarded not simply as spatially extended material artefacts, but as complex systems that are analogous... more...

  • World Cityby Doreen Massey

    Wiley 2013; US$ 69.95

    Cities around the world are striving to be global. This book tells the story of one of them, and in so doing raises questions which are essential for all cities. These questions concern identity, place, and political responsibility in the changing geographies of our times. The book also tells the story of the rise of a new class, of deepening inequality,... more...

  • A Brief History of Veniceby Elizabeth Horodowich

    Constable & Robinson 2013; US$ 13.11

    In this colourful new history of Venice, Elizabeth Horodowich, one of the leading experts on Venice, tells the story of the place from its ancient origins, and its early days as a multicultural trading city where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together at the crossroads between East and West. She explores the often overlooked role of Venice, alongside... 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...

  • Venicesby Paul Morand; Euan Cameron

    Pushkin Press 2013; US$ 10.19

    A poetic evocation of the French diplomat?s encounters and experiences, filtered through the one constant in his life?Venice. Diplomat, writer and poet, traveller and socialite, friend of Proust, Giraudoux and Malraux, Paul Morand was out of the most original writers of the twentieth century. He was French literature's globe-trotter, and his delightful... more...

  • Greater Londonby Nick Barratt

    Random House 2012; US$ 36.34

    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...

  • Cultural Heritage and the Challenge of Sustainabilityby Diane Barthel-Bouchier

    Left Coast Press 2012; US$ 32.95

    'For cultural and heritage institutions around the world, sustainability is the major challenge of the twenty-first century. In the first major work to analyze this critical issue, Barthel-Bouchier argues that programmatic commitments to sustainability arose both from direct environmental threats to tangible and intangible heritage, and from social... more...

  • Madridby Jules Stewart

    I.B.Tauris 2012; US$ 28.00

    At the heart of the Castilian plateau, far from the coastal towns and ports of Spain, sits the great city of Madrid. Perched some 2,200 feet above the distant sea, it is at once the loftiest and also the most enigmatic of Europe?s capitals: hard to decipher for the Spanish and for foreigners alike. Its intense character and the abrupt manner and hectic... more...

  • Tokyo Megacityby Donald Richie; Ben Simmons

    Tuttle Publishing 2012; US$ 34.95

    Modern Tokyo is a city of strata, in which the patchwork of villages that make its surface so varied are matched by the slices of the past that remain. The city combines the old and the new, and is both traditional and trendy. This diversity, this variety, this livability, this adventure is captured in both the text and the photographs of Tokyo Megacity... more...