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Urban history is a field of history that attempts examine the historical nature of cities and towns, and the process of urbanisation. The approach tends to be multidisciplinary, crossing boundaries into fields like local history, architectural history, urban sociology and urban geography.

At least four major approaches to the field of urban history can be identified.

Further reading

  • Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project (especially essay “Paris, the Capital of the 19th Century” (English edition: Cambridge, )
  • Paul Virilio, Pure War (explains the rise of the city in terms of warfare and fortification)
  • Burton Pike, The Image of the City in Modern Literature (Princeton, 1981)
  • Marshall Berman, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: The Experience of Modernity (New York, 1982)
  • David Harvey, Consciousness and the Urban Experience: Studies in the History and Theory of Capitalist Urbanization (Baltimore, 1985)
  • Richard Rodger, Urban History: Prospect and Retrospect, Urban History, 19 (April, 1992), pp. 1-22.
  • Sam Hays, From the History of the City to the History of the Urbanized Society, Journal of Urban History, 19 (Aug. 1993), 3-25.
  • Lynn Hollen Lees, The Challenge of Political Change: Urban History in the 1990s, Urban History, 21 (April, 1994), pp. 7-19.
  • Judith Walkowitz, City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late Victorian London (Chicago, 1992)
  • Peter Fritzsche, Reading Berlin 1900 (Cambridge, Mass., 1996).




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