With over half the world’s population now living in cities, urbanization is one of the defining features of the contemporary world, and urban history – the study of the processes and consequences of urbanization – is one of the most dynamic fields of modern and contemporary history. But the dynamism of urban history is not confined to the modern era and the study of urban societies in the less recent past equally represents a highly fertile field of scholarship.
This collection will provide an expert overview of the field of urban history and a representative synthesis of past and current scholarship in urban history. The articles selected will explore key debates and conceptual issues in urban history from a global perspective highlighting the benefits of comparative historical research and of interdisciplinary approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences . The recent expansion of global history and transnational perspectives in historical research is particularly suited to the study of urban history, given the importance of cities as nodal points in the networks of global exchange and communication and this volume. The collection will also adopt a deliberately broad chronological span from antiquity to the twentieth century in order to facilitate diachronic comparisons and to emphasize the continuities, as well as discontinuities in urban history. The volumes differ from the several ‘urban studies’ readers that are already available on the market in that the long term historical perspective is central to their conception. They will address theories of urbanization and methodological and conceptual issues of urban history, including questions of definition, as well as covering wider thematic issues that are representative of the different disciplinary approaches that have influenced urban history and which reflect the wider questions that urban historians have, historically, sought to address.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Defining the city
- WEBER, M. ‘The nature of the city’ in idem, The City (Toronto, 1958), 65-89
- SIMMEL, Georg, ‘The Metropolis and Mental Life‘, in The Sociology of Georg Simmel, ed. Kurt H. Wolff (Toronto: Free Press, 1978), 409–424
- WIRTH, Louis, ‘Urbanism as a way of life’, American Journal of Sociology, 44:1 (1938), pp. 1-24.
- LEES, A., ‘Perceptions of cities in Britain and Germany, 1820-1914’, in FRASER, D. & SUTCLIFFE, A. (eds.), The Pursuit of Urban History (London, 1982), 151-65
- DYOS, H.J., 'Some reflections on the quality of urban life' in Cannadine, D. and Reeder, D. (eds.), H.J. Dyos, Exploring the Urban Past: Essays in Urban History by H.J. Dyos (Cambridge, 1982), 56-78.
- ASH A. & THRIFT, N., Cities: Reimagining the Urban (Polity, 2002) chapter 1, pp. 7-30
- SASSEN, S., ‘The city: its return as a lens for social theory’, City, Culture and Society, 1 (2010), 3-11.
Part 2: Urban growth and urbanization
- CHILDE, G., ‘The urban revolution’, Town Planning Review, 21:1 ( 1950), 3-17
- EPSTEIN, S.R., ‘Town and country: economy and institutions in late medieval Italy’, Economic History Review, 46:3 (1993), 453-77.
- WRIGLEY EA, ‘A simple model of London’s importance in changing English society and economy, 1650-1750’, Past and Present, 37 (1967), 44-71
- HOHENBERG, P. and LEES. L.H., ‘Urban growth and urban systems’, in The Making of Urban Europe (Harvard, 1995), 215-47.
- REEDER, D. & RODGER, R., ‘Industrialisation and the city economy’, in Martin Daunton (ed.), The Cambridge Urban History of Britain volume III (Cambridge, 2000), 553-92
- PIVOVAROV, Iurii, ‘The urbanization of Russia in the twentieth century: perceptions and reality’, Sociological Research, 42:2 (2003), 45-65.
- LIANG, Z., LUONG, H.V., CHEN, Y.P., ‘Urbanization in China in the 1990s: patterns and regional variations’, in LOGAN. J.R. (ed.), Urban China in Transition (Blackwell, 2008), 205-225.
- DAVIS. M., ‘The urban climacteric’, in Planet of the Slums (Verso, 2006), 1-19.
Part 1: Migration and communities
- BLOCKMANS, W., ‘Constructing a sense of community in rapidly growing European cities in the eleventh to thirteenth centuries’, Historical Research, 83 (2010), 575-87.
- MAZANIK, A, ‘The city as a transient home: residential patterns of Moscow workers around the turn of the twentieth century’ , Urban History, 40:1 (2013), 51-70
- BODNAR J, WEBER & SIMON R, 'Migration, kinship and urban adjustment: blacks and Poles in Pittsburgh 1900-1930', Journal of American History, 66 (1979) 548-65.
- LINCOLN, T., ‘Fleeing from firestorms: government, cities, native place associations and refugees in the Anti-Japanese War of Resistance’, Urban History, 38:3 (2011), 437-56.
Community and social regulation
- DORREN, G., ‘Communities within the community: aspects of neighbourhood in seventeenth-century Haarlem’, Urban History, 25 (1998), 173-88.
- JENNER, M., ‘From conduit community to commercial network’ in Griffiths, P. and Jenner, M., Londinopolis (Manchester, 2001), pp. 250-72
- ROPER, L. ‘The common man, the common good, common women: gender and meaning in the German Reformation commune’, Social History, 12 (1987), 1-21.
Part 2: Civil society and citizenship
- BARRY, J., ‘Bourgeois collectivism? Urban association and the middling sort’, in J. Barry and C. Brooks (eds.), The Middling Sort of People. Culture, Society and Politics in England, 1550-1800 (Macmillan, 1994), pp. 84-112.
- MORRIS RJ, 'Civil society and the nature of urbanism: Britain 1750-1850.', Urban History 25 3 (1998) 289-301
- GUNN S., Class, identity and the urban: the middle class in England, 1800-1950', Urban History, 31, 1 (May 2004), pp. 1-19
- MELLER H, 'Urban renewal and citizenship: the quality of life in British cities, 1890-1990.', Urban History 22 1 (1995) 63-84
Part 3: Governance
- LEES, L. and LEES, A., ‘The challenge of the big cities’, in eidem, Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914 (Cambridge, 2007), 129-67.
- ROTH, R., ‘German urban elites in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries’ in R. Roth and R. Beachy (eds.), Who Ran the Cities? City Elites and Urban Power Structures in Europe and North America, 1750-1940 (Aldershot, 2007), 127-60
- DIGAETANO, A. ‘The Birth of Modern Urban Governance: A Comparison of Political Modernization in Boston, Massachusetts, and Bristol, England, 1800-1870’ Journal of Urban History 35 (2009), 259-87.
- CROLL, A., ‘Street disorder, surveillance and shame: regulating behaviour in the public spaces of the late Victorian British town’, Social History, 24, no. 3 (1999), pp. 250-268
- HOWELL P, 'Race, space, and the regulation of prostitution in Colonial Hong Kong', Urban History 31 2 (2004) 229-48 .
Part 1: Morphology, planning and the organization of space
- SMITH ME, 'Form and meaning in the earliest cities: a new approach to ancient urban planning.', Journal of Planning History 6 (2007) 3–47.
- WRIGHT, A., ‘The cosmology of the Chinese city’, in SKINNER, W.G. (ed.), The City in Late Imperial China (Stanford, 1977), 33-74.
- NJOH AJ, 'Urban planning as a tool of power and social control in colonial Africa,', Planning Perspectives 24 3 (2009). 301–17
- HALL, P., ‘The city in the garden’, in idem, Cities of Tomorrow , 3rd edn (Blackwell, 220), pp. 87-141.
- MELLER, H., ‘Planning theory and women's role in the city’, Urban History, 17 (1990), pp 85-98
- MORT, F., ‘Fantasies of metropolitan life: planning London in the 1940s, Journal of British Studies, 43, no. 1 (2004), pp. 120-151.
- WAKEMAN, R. ‘Rethinking post war planning history’, Planning Perspectives , 29:2 (21014), 153-63. More of a review essay
- MCMANUS, R. & ETHINGTON, P.J., ‘Suburbs in transition: new approaches to suburban history’, Urban History, 34 (2007), pp. 317-337
- MADGIN, R., ‘Reconceptualising the historic urban environment: conservation and regeneration in Castlefield, Manchester, 1960-2009’, Planning Perspectives, 25:1 (2010), 29-48.
Part 2: Approaches to the Environment
- SCOBIE, A., ‘Slums, sanitation and mortality in the Roman World’, Klio, 68:2 (1986), 399-43.
- KIDAMBI P, '‘An infection of locality’: plague, pythogenesis, and the poor in Bombay, c. 1896-1905', Urban History, 32:2(2004), 249-67
- HAIYAN, L., ‘Water supply and the reconstruction of urban space in early twentieth-century Tianjin’, Urban History, 38:3 (2011), 391-412.
- MELOSI, M., ‘Humans, cities, and nature: how do cities fit in the material world?’, Journal of Urban History, 36:1 (2010), 3-21.
- TARR, J., ‘The metabolism of the industrial city: the case of Pittsburgh’, Journal of Urban History, 28: 5 (2002), 511-45
- GUGLIOTTA A., 'Class, gender, and coal smoke: gender ideology and environmental injustice in Pittsburgh, 1868-1914', Environmental History, 5 (2000),165-93
- OTTER, C., ‘Making liberalism durable: vision and civility in the late Victorian City’, Social History, 27, no. 1 (2002), 1-15
Part 1: Representation and experience of the city
- ROSSER, G. ‘Myth, image and social process’, Urban History, 23:1 (1996) 5-25
- LILLEY K, 'Cities of God? Medieval urban forms and their Christian symbolism', Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 29 3 (2004) 296-313
- FEI, S., ‘Ways of looking: the creation and social use of urban guidebooks in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century China’, Urban History, 37 (2010), 226-248
- GARRIOCH, D., ‘Sounds of the city: the soundscape of early modern European towns’, Urban History, 30 (2003), 5-25
- SWEET, R., ‘The changing view of Rome in the long eighteenth century’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 33:2 (2010), 145-64.
- MARTIN AM, 'Sewage and the city: filth, smell, and representations of urban life in Moscow, 1770–1880', Russian Review, 67:2 (2008), 243–74
- THOMPSON, V., ‘Telling "spatial stories": urban space and bourgeois identity in early 19th century Paris’, Journal of Modern History, 75:3 (2003), 523-56
- SCHLOR, J., ‘Nightwalking’ from idem, Nights in the Big City (London, 1998), 235-74.
- MAYNE A, 'Representing the slum', Urban History Yearbook, 17 (1990), 66-84
- PICON, A., ‘Nineteenth-century urban cartography and the scientific ideal: the case of Paris’, Osiris, 2nd ser., 18 (2003), 135-49.
- HARRIS, R. and LEWIS, R., ‘Numbers didn’t count: the streets of colonial Bombay and Calcutta’, Urban History, 39:4 (2012), 639-58.
- EALHAM C, 'Class and the city: spatial memories of pleasure and danger in Barcelona 1914-23', Oral History, 29:1(2001), 33-49
- AVILA, E., ‘Popular culture in the age of white flight: film noir, Disneyland, and the Cold War (Sub)Urban Imaginary’, Journal of Urban History, 31 (2004), 3-22
- MORAN, J., ‘Imagining the street in post-war Britain’, Urban History, 39 (2012), 166-186
- BEAUREGARD, R.A., 'Representing urban decline: postwar cities as narrative objects', Urban Affairs Quarterly, 29 (1993), 187-202
About the Series
The Critical Concepts in Historical Studies series spans a broad period of history, with titles ranging from The Celtic World through to Genocide, the series focusses not on one single era, but rather draws upon some of the most significant events in our history. The latest edition to this series, Slavery, examines the history of the slave trade across 4 volumes.
BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
- HISTORY / General
- HISTORY / Reference