Urban World History: An Economic and Geographical Perspective

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Springer Nature, Sep 14, 2019 - Business & Economics - 463 pages

This book seeks to deepen readers’ understanding of world history by investigating urbanization and the evolution of urban systems, as well as the urban world, from the perspective of historical analysis. The theoretical framework of the approach stems directly from space-economy, and, more generally, from location theory and the theory of urban systems.
The author explores a certain logic to be found in world history, and argues that this logic is spatial (in terms of spatial inertia, spatial trends, attractive and repulsive forces, vector fields, etc.) rather than geographical (in terms of climate, precipitation, hydrography). Accordingly, the book puts forward a truly original vision of urban world history, one that will benefit economists, historians, regional scientists, and anyone with a healthy curiosity.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 From the Beginnings of Agriculture and Urbanization to the First Urbexplosions
15
3 Understanding the First Urban Revolution
81
The Roman and Chinese Empires
95
5 Understanding the Urban Evolution Dynamics
121
Islam Out to Conquer the Great and the Asian Corridors
131
7 Understanding Topodynamic Inertia
165
Europes Fight for Survival
175
13 Understanding Topodynamic Corridors
363
14 Poles and Routes Through History
369
Origin and Fallouts
389
16 The Urban World Future
405
The Broad Patterns of History
419
Tables of Demographic Evolution
428
Cities by Types
447
Silk Road Network Synthesis
453

9 The Discovery of America and the Return in Strength of the Occident
213
10 The Advent of Motorized Transportation and the Second Urban Revolution
251
11 Understanding the Impact of Motorized Transportation
297
12 The Age of Automobile and the Triumph of the American Corridor
315
Bibliography
457
Index
459
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Luc-Normand Tellier obtained a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He founded the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism of the University of Quebec at Montreal in 1976. He is the author of numerous books in regional science, as well as in French and Canadian history, and he has published in international journals such as the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science Policy and Practice, Geographical Analysis, and Environment and Planning A. He received the title of Professor Emeritus in 2012.

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