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.
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
Other Authors
Andrew Humphreys (contributor)
  • Centers of ancient and lost civilizations
  • Great river cities
  • Maritime cities
  • Cities by design
  • Modern metropolises.