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  • ISBN: 9780226034669
  • ISBN10: 0226034666

Cities and Economic Development from the Dawn of History to the Present

by Paul Bairoch

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 04/01/1991
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List of Tables Introduction The Reasons for the Book The Contents of the Book Plan of the Book Acknowledgments I. From the Birth of Urbanism to the Beginnings of the Great Civilizations 1. The Birth of Urbanism and the Economy The Neolithic Revolution Stages in the Rise of Agriculture Locating the Origins of Urbanization Preurban Towns or Protourbanization The Relations between the Economy and the Birth of Urbanism: Agriculture and Transport The Tyranny of Distance The Impossibility of True Cities before Agriculture Peasants Who Live in Cities What if the City Invented Agriculture? 2. The Urban Revolution: Its Beginnings in the Middle East Early Urbanization, Early Agriculture "International Trade" Preceded True Urbanization The First Urbanized Cultures: Density and Size A Dominant Form of Urbanized Culture: City-States From the City-States of Sumer to the Cities of the Egyptian Empire by Way of Babylon Egypt: A Civilization That First Evolved without Cities? The Phoenicians: The First Commercial Towns What Sustained the Commercial Towns of the Ancient World? Israel: Small Towns Inhabited by Peasants and Vine Growers And What of the Other Cultures of the Middle East? The Maghreb: A Delayed Growth of Agriculture and Cities 3. The Beginnings of Urbanization in Asia India: the Harapps Civilization as a False Start China: Multiple Centers of Agriculture and Urbanization Japan: A Late but Sudden Urbanization Korea: Essential Borrowings from China The Cities of Southeast Asia: A Diffusion of Indian and Chinese Urban Systems? 4. The Beginnings of Urbanization in Black Africa and the New World Black Africa: An Urban History That Remains to be Written The Neolithic Revolution in Black Africa The First Cities of Black Africa The Great Urban Cultures of Black Africa Islam and Urbanization in Black Africa Urbanism in the Pre-Columbian Civilizations The Beginning of Agriculture and Cities in the New World: Were They Invented Here Too? Highly Urbanized Societies in the New World: Where There Any? And If So, How Can They Be Explained? North America: Cultures without Cities And What of the Other Continent? 5. Athens and Rome-Two Very Different Civilizations: The Sources of European Urbanization? The Aegean Civilization: Palaces or Towns? Greek Civilization: City-States with Commercial Functions The Greek Colonies The Etruscan Cities and Rome The Roman Empire: A Dominant Metropolis The Population of the First Great Metropolis, Rome 81 Rome: A Parasitic Capital A Parasitic Metropolis, But an Empire with Many Cities Europe before the Miracle of Greece The Late Urbanization of Non-Romanized Europe A Rough Computation of the Urbanization of Romanized Europe 6. The Beginnings of Urbanization: The Relations between Agriculture, Civilization, the Economy, and Cities The Earlness, Multiplicity, and Simultaneity of the Ruse of Agriculture The Earliness, Multiplicity, and Simultaneity of the Rise of Cities No Cities without Agriculture, But no Agriculture without Cities Is the City the Characteristic Trait of Humanity? Cities and Civilizations Urbanism and the Economy: The Economically Generative City and the Parasitic City The Case of Greece The Case of Rome Is Generalization Possible? II. Europe from the Fifth Century to the Eighteenth Century 7. Europe from the Fifth Century to the Tenth Century: A Period of Transition Marked by Declines and Renaissances The Question of Economic Decline in Europe after the Fall of Rome From 500 to 700-800: A Decline in the Population of Europe or Only a Decline in the Population of European Cities? An Urban Decline That Nonetheless Set the Scene for Later Urban
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