Great cities The stories behind the world's most fascinating places

Book - 2021

Delve into the social and cultural history of 100 of the world's most important cities. From the first towns in Mesopotamia to today's global metropolises, cities have marked the progress of civilization. Written in the form of illustrated "biographies", Great Cities offers a rich historical overview of each featured city, brought to vivid life with paintings, photographs, timelines, maps, and artifacts. Covers cities both ancient and modern - from Persepolis and Tikal, Paris and Vienna to Prague, Amsterdam, Tokyo, and Dubai. Which ancient civilization founded the precursor to Mexico City? Why was Venice the gateway to the East? What was the Belle Epoque? Which was the first city to build sewers? Images of city life and ...key moments in history are complemented by close-ups of revealing details and feature panels that provide additional context. A book about history, but also about art, architecture, commerce, and politics, provides insight into what has shaped the places where we live.

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New York, NY : DK Publishing 2021.
Other Authors
Andrew Humphreys (contributor)
First American edition
Item Description
Includes index.
"Published in Great Britain by Dorling Kindersley Limited." -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
320 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 27 cm
  • Centers of ancient and lost civilizations
  • Great river cities
  • Maritime cities
  • Cities by design
  • Modern metropolises.
Review by Library Journal Review

DK explores the 7,000-year history of the city. According to the introduction, "cities are the engines of human history," vital to the cultural, artistic, economic, scientific, and political achievements of humanity. Moreover, they are becoming even more important as 55 percent of the global population resides in cities and, according to current projections, the world will have 43 megacities by the year 2030 (cities of more than 10 million people). This stunning work highlights 100 of the most significant cities around the globe, including New York City, Mexico City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Each entry provides information about a different city's origin, its most prominent citizens, and reasons why it is historically important. The featured cities are organized into five chapters (ancient and lost civilizations, river cities, maritime cities, designed cities, and modern metropolises). Like other works by DK, this one stands out for its striking images, which include illustrations, photographs, a time line, and maps. Overall, this guide is suitable for all ages as the information is presented in a visually appealing, easy-to-understand manner. VERDICT An attractive coffee-table book, highly recommended for fans of history and travel.--Dave Pugl

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