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Urbanization and the Pacific World, 1500–1900

1st Edition

Edited by Lionel Frost


408 pages

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Between 1500 and 1900 there was a constant growth in the numbers of large cities and networks of smaller towns throughout the Pacific world in which traders and primary producers did business. The essays in Urbanization and the Pacific World explore the increasingly complex economic relationships that connected cities in and around the Pacific world to each other, and pay particular attention to the impact that growing cities had on the economies of their hinterlands. The volume also contains articles that examine the problems that city growth created and the ways in which people were able to cope with them. Along with the new introduction, the essays cover all of the regions of the Pacific world in which city growth took place, and will allow the reader to consider a wide range of common and contrasting urban experiences.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Traditionalism and colonialism: changing urban roles in Asia, Rhoads Murphey; Macao as a religious and commercial entrepôt in the 16th and 17th centuries, C.R. Boxer; Batavia, 1619-1740: the rise and fall of a Chinese colonial town, Leonard Blussé; The development of Pacific coast ports during the Spanish colonial period in Mexico, Donald D. Brand; The development of Philippine cities before 1900, Daniel F. Doeppers; Some reflections on urbanization and the historical development of market towns in the lower Yangtse region, ca. 1500-1900, Shih-chi Liu; Urban sanitation in preindustrial Japan, Susan B. Hanley; Coping in their own way: Asian cities and the problem of fires, Lionel Frost; A historical review of housing conditions in Hong Kong, E.G. Pryor; Public health care in Valparaíso, Chile, Ronn Pineo; Honolulu in the 19th century: notes on the emergence of urban society in Hawaii, Gavan Daws; Australian capital cities in the 19th century, J.W. McCarty; The making of urban New Zealand, David Hamer; Seattle, Vancouver, and the Klondike, Norbert MacDonald; City commercial, city beautiful, city practical: the San Francisco visions of William C. Ralston, James D. Phelan and Michael M. O'Shaughnessy, Robert W. Cherny; Index.

About the Editor

Lionel Frost is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business at Monash University, Australia.

About the Series

The Pacific World: Lands, Peoples and History of the Pacific, 1500-1900

The ’Pacific Rim’ and the ’Pacific Century’ are now commonplace terms, but the whole Pacific region has recently been opened up as a field of historical inquiry. The aim of this series is to present the historical developments and processes involved in the multi-century ’opening of the Pacific’ and the linking together of the lands around and within this great ocean. Particular attention is paid to interactions among indigenous peoples on and within the rim, and the incoming peoples and powers of Asia, Europe, and America. Each volume reprints a set of key studies focusing on a defined topic, together with a new introduction and index, and is edited by an expert in the given subject. This series complements the successful Variorum series An Expanding World, and at the same time provides a research-based resource for this important area of historical study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General