The great cities in history / edited by John Julius Norwich
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304 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (chiefly color) ; 27 cm
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-297) and index.
Contents
The ancient world. Uruk : the world's first city / Margarete van Ess ; Mohenjo-Daro and the Indus civilization / Robin Coningham ; Memphis : capital of ancient Egypt / Ian Shaw ; Thebes and Egypt's golden age / Bill Manley ; Hattusa : stronghold of the Hittite empire / Trevor Bryce ; Babylon : Nebuchadnezzar and the Hanging Gardens / Joan Oates ; Nineveh : palaces and temples of Assyrian kings / Julia Reade ; Carthage : Phoenician and Roman city / Henry Hurst ; Athens : birthplace of democracy / Bettany Hughes ; Linzi and other cities of warring states China / W.J.F. Jenner ; Alexandria : Mediterranean metropolis of the Ptolemies / Alan B. Lloyd ; Meroë : royal city of Nubia / Robert Morkot ; Jerusalem in the time of Herod and Jesus / Martin Goodman ; Rome in the age of Augustus / Nigel Pollard -- The first millennium AD. Teotihuacan : birthplace of the gods / Susan Toby Evans ; Tikal : crucible of Maya civilization / Simon Martin ; Constantinople : Christian capital in the East / John Julius Norwich ; Mecca : sacred city of Islam / Doris Behrens-Abouseif ; Damascus : splendours of the oasis city / Barnaby Rogerson ; Chang'an : capital of Tang China / Victor C. Xiong ; Baghdad and the Abbasid caliphs / Doris Behrens-Abouseif ; Cordoba : brilliant capital of Moorish Spain / Doris Behrens-Abouseif --
The medieval world. Angkor : Khmer city of glory / Michael D. Coe ; Palermo : Norman jewel of the Mediterranean / John Julius Norwich ; Cairo : Centre of islamic civilization / Doris Behrens-Abouseif ; Samarkand : Tamerlane's chose city / Colin Thubron ; Paris : pinnacle of gothic archtecture / Chris Jones ; Lübeck and the cities of the Hanseatc League / William L. Urban ; Kraków : Renaissnace city of the north / Adam Zamoyski ; Venice : mistress of the Mediterranean / John Julius Norwich ; Florence : the magnificance of the Medici / Charles Fitzroy ; Benin : West African city of the ancestors / Patrick Darling ; Timbuktu : city in the sands / Barnaby Rogerson ; Cuzco : imperial city of the Inca / Brian S. Bauer ; Tenochititlan : Aztec city in the lake / Susan Toby Evans --
The early modern world. Lisbon : in the age of discovery / Malyn Newitt ; Rome : and the Renaissance papacy / Charles Fitzroy ; Istanbul : city of the sultans / Jason Goodwin ; Agra : city of the Taj Mahal / Ebba Koch ; Isfahan : Shah 'Abbas and the Safavid Empire / Stephen P. Blake ; Beijing : and the Forbidden City / Frances Wood ; Kyoto : pleasure gardens and vermilion palaces / Lesley Downer ; Prague : Rudolph II's city of magic / Colin Amery ; Amsterdam : and the Dutch Republic / Simon Schama ; Mexico City : utopia in the new world / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto ; London : Renaissance to Restoration / A.N. Wilson ; Stockholm and Sweden's Baltic Empire / Charles Fitzroy ; Dublin and Georgian elegance / Thomas Pakenham ; Copenhagen and Nordic Neoclassicism / Colin Amery ; St. Petersburg : Russia's window on the West / Colin Amery ; Vienna and the Habsburg emperors / Misha Glenny ; Edinburgh and the Scottish Enlightenment / Magnus Linklater --
The age of the modern city. Moscow : capital without a court / Orlando Figes ; Paris in the time of Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann / Philip Mansel ; London from Queen Victoria to Big Bang / A.N. Wilson ; Budapest : bridging the Danube / Misha Glenny ; Montreal : the defiance that made Canada / Rory MacLean ; Washington, DC : ideology made visible / Simon Schama ; Barcelona : the Catalan phoenix / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto ; New Delhi : symbol in stone / Jane Ridley ; Berlin : dancing on the edge of a volcano / Rory MacLean ; Chicago : the engine of America / James Cuno ; Los Angeles : the culture of the imagination / Kevin Starr ; Buenos Aires : city of permanent promise / Felipe Fernandez-Armesto ; Singapore : the lion city / John Keay ; New York : the prospect of the future / Jan Morris & Alexander Bloom ; Saõ Paulo : coffee and commerce / Elizabeth Johnson ; Sydney : shanty town to global city / Elizabeth Farrelly ; Tokyo : city of constant change / Lesley Downer ; Shanghai : China's super-city / John Gittings.
Summary
From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization. "The Great Cities in History" tells their stories, from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and Sao Paulo. A galaxy of distinguished contributors evoke the character of each place its people, its art and architecture, its government and explain the reasons for its success. Richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, maps and plans, this volume is nothing less that a portrait of world civilization.
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9780500251546 hardback
0500251541 hardback
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