This essay, published as the final chapter in Peter Clark (ed.), Oxford Handbook to Cities in World History (2013), assesses the central role that urban development has played in all major theories of world history. It further analyses the elements of continuity, slow change and dramatic upheaval that are contributing to global urbanisation – one of humanity’s greatest achievements: ‘pulsing with creative organisation and disorganisation – and alive’.
Penelope J. Corfield
Penelope J. Corfield is a historian, lecturer and education consultant. She currently serves as the President of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS).
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