By Daniel Brook
One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013"
A pioneering exploration of 4 towns the place East meets West and prior turns into destiny: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.
each month, 5 million humans circulation from the previous to the longer term. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, those city beginners confront a latest global cobbled jointly from fragments of a West they've got by no means obvious. Do those fantastical boomtowns, the place blueprints spring to existence in a single day on virgin land, signify the dawning of a courageous new international? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage?
In a charming mix of historical past and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a sequence of significant metropolitan hubs that have been as soon as themselves fast cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” knowing today’s rising worldwide order, he argues, calls for comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted impact on developing-world towns over the centuries.
In 1703, Tsar Peter the nice in my opinion oversaw the development of a brand new Russian capital, a “window at the West” rigorously modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed could wrench Russia into the fashionable international. within the 19th century, Shanghai grew to become the fastest-growing urban in the world because it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking city that simply occurred to be within the a long way East. in the meantime, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed right into a tropical London by the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists.
Juxtaposing the tales of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to remodel every one of those precociously glossy areas into avatars of the worldwide destiny, Brook demonstrates that the force for modernization used to be at first conflated with wholesale Westernization. He exhibits, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the beginning (and rebirth) of chinese language capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style motion picture palaces, the flamable mixture of innovative tradition and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and the way it can be transcended today.
A attention-grabbing, shiny glance from the previous out towards the horizon, A historical past of destiny Cities is either an important reminder of globalization’s lengthy march and an inspiring investigate the chances of our Asian Century.
12 illustrations; four maps
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2700–2400 BC). The separation could be effected by piers, pillars or a wall. This divided the space into a relatively small cella containing the divine image, a podium or altar and a longitudinal ante-room. This was the standard Southern Mesopotamian pattern, used in Sumerian and Babylonian temples. It was also used for Syro-Palestinian sanctuaries (MEGIDDO, BETH-SHAN, TELL MARDIKH etc). The longitudinal cella in combination with a shallow ante-cella or vestibule is characteristic for Assyrian temples.
At the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, Assyrian merchants were responsible for much of the trade in precious metals and other commodities conducted with Anatolia and southern Mesopotamia. Around 1400 BC Assyria emerged as a major political power and gradually extended its territorial and military supremacy until it grew into an empire that dominated the whole of the Near East including Egypt, until it collapsed around 610 BC under the combined onslaught of Medes and Babylonians. Assyria’s rise to glory was achieved by a highly efficient army, fighting countless wars, and an equally well-organised administration in the many dependent provinces.
A History of Future Cities by Daniel Brook