The City in Time and Space by Aidan Southall

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This ambitious book treats urbanisation and urbanism all over the world, and from the earliest times to the present. Aidan Southall, a pioneer in the study of African cities, discusses the urban centres of ancient Sumeria, Greece and Rome, as well as medieval European cities, Chinese, Japanese, Islamic and Indic cities, colonial cities, and the great metropolises of the twentieth century. Drawing on this historical and comparative perspective, he offers a fresh analysis of world urbanisation in the contemporary period of globalisation. The study emphasises the enduring paradox of the city, which juxtaposes splendid cultural productions with the poverty and deprivation of the majority.

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Aidan W. Southall is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in the United States. David Parkin is head of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, and fellow of All Souls.
Published November 25, 1999 by Cambridge University Press. 484 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction