Metropolis

Metropolis A History of Humankind's Greatest Invention

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Synopsis

A dazzling, globe-spanning history of humankind's greatest invention: the city.

From its earliest incarnations 7,000 years ago to the megalopolises of today, the story of the city is the story of civilisation. Although cities have only ever been inhabited by a tiny minority of humanity, the heat they generate has sparked most of our political, social, commercial, scientific and artistic revolutions. It is these world-changing, epoch-defining moments that are the focus of Ben Wilson's book, as he takes us on a thrilling global tour of the key metropolises of history, from Urk, Athens, Alexandria and Rome, to Baghdad, Lübeck and Venice, to Lisbon, Amsterdam, London, Paris, New York, LA, Shanghai and Lagos.

Managing and re-imagining the city is already one of the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. With over half the world's population now living in cities, and with the cosmopolitanism of the major world metropolises under attack from revived nationalism and hostility to globalisation, it has never been more important to understand cities and the role they have played in making us who we are.

Rich with individual characters, scenes and snapshots of daily life, Metropolis combines scholarship and storytelling in a terrifically engaging, stylishly written history of the world through an urban lens.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787330443
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Pub date:
Edition: Export ed
DEWEY: 307.7609
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6366
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 588g
Height: 153mm
Width: 233mm
Spine width: 38mm