Pre-Industrial Cities and Technology

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Routledge, Nov 8, 2005 - Science - 354 pages
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This, the first book in the series, explores cities from the earliest earth built settlements to the dawn of the industrial age exploring ancient, Medieval, early modern and renaissance cities. Among the cities examined are Uruk, Babylon, Thebes, Athens, Rome, Constantinople, Baghdad, Siena, Florence, Antwerp, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Timbuktu, Great Zimbabwe, Hangzhou, Beijing and Hankou Among the technologies discussed are: irrigation, water transport, urban public transport, aqueducts, building materials such as brick and Roman concrete, weaponry and fortifications, street lighting and public clocks.
 

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Contents

Part 1 Ancient Cities
1
Part 2 Medieval and Early Modern Cities
115
Part 3 Preindustrial Cities in China and Africa
263
the Sjoberg model
342
References
343
Index
345
Acknowledgements
356
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Colin Chant is a lecturer in History of Science and Technology and David Goodman is Head of the Department of History of Science and Technology, both at the Open University.

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