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The City: The Basics

1st Edition

By Kevin Archer


224 pages

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The City: The Basics provides a brief yet compelling overview of the study of cities and city life. The book draws on a range of perspectives – economic, political, cultural, and environmental aspects are all considered – to provide a broad comparison of the evolution of cities in the rich Global North and the poorer Global South. Topics covered in the book include:

  • a brief history of cities from ancient times to the post-modern present
  • the differences between "global cities" in the North and "megacities" in the South
  • the environmental impact of urban life and the idea of sustainable cities
  • urban planning, urban politics and urban poverty.

Featuring suggestions for further reading, recommended websites and a number of maps and illustrations, this is the ideal starting point for those interested in any aspect of cities or urban studies.


The City: The Basics approaches the very broad, complex and interdisciplinary topic of "the city" in a style and manner where students of all levels will learn something new.’ - Bernadette Hanlon, Ohio State University, USA

Table of Contents

1. Cities and City Life 2. Cities as the Source of Civilization 3. From Trading to Industrial Cities 4. From Industrial to Post-Industrial Cities 5. City Economics 6. City Politics 7. City Culture 8. City Environment 9. City Planning 10. City Futures

About the Author

Kevin Archer is Chair of the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning at the University of South Florida. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on urban issues, globalization, and the production of nature.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography