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Cities of the World

A History in Maps

By (author) Peter Whitfield
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The British Library Publishing Division, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 2005
Dimensions: w 232mm h 311mm
ISBN-10: 0712348689
ISBN-13: 9780712348683
Barcode No: 9780712348683
Peter Whitfield's latest work, "Cities of the World" is a fascinating and original look at the world's greatest cities, as he traces their historic form and special character through the city maps and panoramic views produced over the centuries. Illustrating the classical city-state, the medieval fortress, the baroque capital and the industrial metropolis, the images show how the architectural form and the social life of our cities have been shaped - not only by their geographical setting, but also by religion, royal power, commerce, social ideals, and occasionally artistic vision. Condensing centuries of history in one volume, "Cities of the World" is a thought-provoking and unique book for the armchair traveller, or indeed for anyone passionate about the history of human civilisation. From Athens to Brasilia, Washington to Moscow, San Francisco to Saigon or Venice to Lhasa, "Cities of the World" is a journey via maps, exploring man's perennial love-hate relationship with his finest, most complex and troubling creation, the city.

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