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Cities of the world : world regional urban development /
edited by Stanley D. Brunn, Maureen Hays-Mitchell, and Donald J. Zeigler ; cartography by Ellen R. White.
edition
4th ed.
imprint
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008.
description
xxxi, 647 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
0742555976 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780742555976 (cloth : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2008.
isbn
0742555976 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780742555976 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6524337
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Cities of the World offers a general overview of contemporary urbanization. It divides the world into 11 regions (e.g., Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle American, Caribbean) and for each discusses trends in urban growth, the distinctive forms and characteristics of its cities, and future prospects and challenges. These regional chapters open with two lists: key facts and key themes. Basic aspects of urban development (e.g., population size and change, economic activity, public services, urban problems) are covered. Short regional histories are provided; and distinctive or representative cities (e.g., Buenos Aires for South America and Kinshasa for sub-Saharan Africa) are given capsule descriptions. The editors (all academic geographers) begin with an introductory chapter on world urban development and end by reflecting on what cities might be like in the future. The wide geographical and thematic scope of the chapters means that themes are given only cursory treatment. Suggested readings for each chapter are included, but facts and commentary are not cited, thus making it difficult to use the book for research purposes. A basic introduction, Cities of the World is best used as a textbook. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. R. A. Beauregard Columbia University
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Outstanding! This thoroughly updated classic offers a comprehensive portrayal of the character and complexity of the world's cities. Contemporary trends and issues that continue to reshape all corners of the globe unfold here in a thoroughly accessible manner. Whether one considers environmental issues, growth trends, tourism appeal, or historical context, Cities of the World delivers for the reader. Appropriate as both a textbook and reference tool, urbanists in all fields will gain from the insights that geographers present here. Students of the humanities, social sciences, and business disciplines will equally benefit.
Cities of the World is comprehensive and presents in-depth discussions of world cities that are shaped by different historical, geographical, political, and cultural circumstances. I highly recommend this excellent text to undergraduate classes in general education, geography, planning and urban studies, international development, and to anyone interested in world cities and regions.
Outstanding! This thoroughly updated classic offers a comprehensive portrayal of the character and complexity of the world "s cities. Contemporary trends and issues that continue to reshape all corners of the globe unfold here in a thoroughly accessible manner. Whether one considers environmental issues, growth trends, tourism appeal, or historical context, Cities of the World delivers for the reader. Appropriate as both a textbook and reference tool, urbanists in all fields will gain from the insights that geographers present here. Students of the humanities, social sciences, and business disciplines will equally benefit.
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Summaries
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Remarkably, more than half the world's population now lives in cities, and the numbers grow daily as people abandon rural areas. This fully updated and revised fourth edition of the classic text offers readers a comprehensive set of tools for understanding the urban landscape, and, by extension, the world's politics, cultures, and economies. Providing a sweeping overview of world urban geography, a group of noted experts explores the eleven major global regions. Each author presents the region's urban history, economy, culture and society, as well as urban spatial models and problems and prospects. Environmental, human security, globalization, and cyberspace topics are fully developed as well. Vignettes of seventy-eight key cities give the reader a vivid understanding of daily life and the 'spirit of place.' An introductory chapter presents an overview of key terms and concepts, and a concluding chapter projects the world's urban future. Liberally illustrated with a new selection of photographs, maps, and diagrams, the text also includes a rich array of boxes to highlight key topics ranging from gender and the city to Islamic fashion and global warming. Bibliographic sources, websites, and an appendix of UN data provide additional resources for helping students understand more about the urban world. Clearly written and timely, this text will be invaluable for those teaching introductory or advanced classes on global cities, regional geography, and urban studies.
Table of Contents
World Urban Developmentp. 3
Cities of the United States and Canadap. 53
Cities of Middle America and the Caribbeanp. 103
Cities of South Americap. 143
Cities of Europep. 201
Cities of Russiap. 255
Cities of the Greater Middle Eastp. 297
Cities of Sub-Saharan Africap. 341
Cities of South Asiap. 385
Cities of Southeast Asiap. 429
Cities of East Asiap. 475
Cities of Australia and the Pacific Islandsp. 529
Cities of the Futurep. 565
Appendixp. 615
Cover Photo Creditsp. 631
Geographical Indexp. 633
Index to Subjectsp. 639
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