History 104F (101) Cities in History




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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 takes a distinctly global approach, with the cities of Africa, Asia, and South America featuring prominently. And while we will touch on cities of the more distant past, 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.