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CITIES: The First 6,000 Years

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Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing daily. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to today.
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Автор Monica L. Smith
Страници 304
Корица твърда
Език английски
Година 2019
Дата на получаване 7.04.2019 г.
Издателство Viking
ID на книга 50372367
ISBN 9780735223677
Категории История

A sweeping history of cities through the millennia--from Mesopotamia to Manhattan--and how they have propelled Homo sapiens to dominance across the globe. Six thousand years ago, there were no cities on the planet. Today, more than half of the world's population lives in urban areas, and that number is growing daily. Weaving together archeology, history, and contemporary observations, Monica Smith explains the rise of the first urban developments and their connection to today. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic, she takes readers on a journey through the ancient world of Tell Brak in modern-day Syria; Teotihuacan and Tenochtitlan in Mexico; her own digs at Sisupalgarh in India; as well as the more well-known Pompeii, Rome, and Athens. Along the way, she presents the unique properties that made cities singularly responsible for the flowering of humankind: the development of networked infrastructure, the rise of an entrepreneurial middle class, and the culture of consumption that results in everything from take-out food to the tell-tale secrets of trash. Cities is an impassioned and learned account full of fascinating details of daily life in ancient urban centers, using archaeological perspectives to show that the aspects of cities we find most irresistible (and the most annoying) have been with us since the very beginnings of urbanism itself. She also proves the rise of cities was hardly inevitable, yet it was crucial to the eventual global dominance of our species--and that cities are here to stay.

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