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A history of future cities

Author: Daniel Brook
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An exploration of four cities that reflect a blend of Eastern and Western cultures traces the historical threads connecting St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai while discussing their conflicted embrace of modernity.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Brook
ISBN: 0393348865 9780393348866
OCLC Number: 857404712
Description: xi, 457 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: the twenty-first century : an orientation --
New Amsterdam --
St. Petersburg, 1703-1825 --
Shanghai race club --
Shanghai, 1842-1911 --
Urbs prima in Indis --
Bombay, 1857-1896 --
City on spilt blood --
St. Petersburg/Petrograd/Leningrad, 1825-1934 --
Great world --
Shanghai, 1911-1937 --
The city under progress's feet --
Bombay, 1896-1947 --
Closing three windows and opening a fourth --
The two-front war --
Leningrad, 1934-1985 --
The dark ages --
Shanghai, 1937-1989 --
License-permit Raj --
Bombay, 1947-1991 --
The city at the center of the world --
Dubai, to 1981 --
From perestroika to Petrolgrad --
Leningrad, 1985-St. Petersburg, present --
The head of the dragon --
Shanghai, 1979-present --
Slumdogs and millionaires --
Bombay 1991-Mumbai, present --
Dubai, Inc. proudly presents the international cityTM : Dubai 1981-present --
Conclusion: glimpses of utopia --
Coda: from windows on the west to windows of the world.
Responsibility: Daniel Brook.

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One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013" A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.  Read more...

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