History 104B (201) Topics in World History: Cities in History
In 2018W, the topic for HIST 104B, 201 is Cities in History. This course is an introduction to the urban past that explores one of the key dynamics of human history: how people have shaped cities while at the same time cities have shaped what people have produced, what they have thought, and how they have related to each other. The course taks a global approach, with the cities of Africa, Asia and South America featuring prominently. We will give particular attention to the modern era, from about 1800 to the present, and concentrate on three topics: the making of urban poverty, the politics of planning, and cities as incubators of creative and imaginative life.