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Introduction
to the First Urbexplosions
(cities having at least two thousand inhabitants)
The Origins and Beginning of Humankind
s THE BEGINNINGS OF AGRICULTURE
Agriculture and Topodynamic Corridors
Agriculture , Mobility, and Urbanization
s EMERGENCE OF URBANIZATION IN THE GREAT CORRIDOR
The Beginnings of Urbanization
Appearance of Pre-urban Cities
Appearance of Urban Cities in the Sumer Region
Appearance of Urbanization in Egypt
The Strategic Role of the Phoenician Cities
The World of Phoenicians and Greeks
The Strategic Role of the Persian Gulf
The Babylonian Urbexplosion
The Assyrians and the Tigris Axis
The Expansion of the Babylonian Urbexplosion
The Greek Challenge
s URBANIZATION IN THE ASIAN CORRIDOR
The Indus Valley
The Appearance of Urbanization on the Loess Plateau of China
s THE EMERGENCE OF URBANIZATION IN AMERICA
Agriculture and Pre-Columbian Pottery
The Two Pre-Columbian Corridors
Urbanization in the Northern Pre-Columbian Corridor
Urbanization in the Southern Pre-Columbian Corridor
s THE FIRST URBAN REVOLUTION AND NETWORKS’ CRITICAL POINTS
s THE FIRST URBAN REVOLUTION AND BREAKING POINTS
1. The “Interface” Case
2. The “Transshipment” Case
s THE FIRST URBAN REVOLUTION AND CENTRAL PLACES
s THE FIRST URBAN REVOLUTION AND NETWORK SYSTEMS
s THE FIRST URBAN REVOLUTION AND AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES
s THE EMERGENCE OF THE ROMAN ECONOMY-WORLD
The Roman Empire at Its Peak (around AD 100)
The Rise of Rome
The Consolidation of the Roman Empire
The Triumph of Christianity and the Decline of the Western Roman Empire
The Fall of the Western Roman Empire
s THE EMERGENCE OF THE CHINESE ECONOMY-WORLD
From the Loess Plateau to the Great Plain of China
The Cities of the Great Plain of China
The Cities of the Red Basin
The Greatness of the Chinese Economy-World
s TOPODYNAMIC EVOLUTION AND SPATIAL COMPETITION
s TOPODYNAMIC EVOLUTION AND MANAGEMENT OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES
s TOPODYNAMIC EVOLUTION AND MULTIPLIER EFFECTS
s TOPODYNAMIC EVOLUTION AND REPULSIVE FORCES
Repulsive Force s and the Aging of Urban Structures
Repulsive Force s and Polarization
Repulsive Force s and Geography
The Great Ebb and the Fusion of the Great and Asian Corridors
s FROM THE FALL OF ROME TO THE ADVENT OF ISLAM
The Great Ebb West of the Persian Gulf
s THE RISE OF ISLAM
s THE BAGHDAD URBEXPLOSION
The Moorish Outpost
South of the Sahara
The Eastern Outposts
s ISLAM RE-LAUNCHED BY THE TURKO-MONGOL INVASIONS
The Great Ebb West in the Indian Section of the Great Corridor
s THE NON-MILITARY PROGRESSION OF ISLAM IN THE ASIAN CORRIDOR
The Great Ebb in the Asian Corridor
s THE GREAT EBB IN SOUTHEAST ASIA AND THE FAR EAST
6Understanding Topodynamic Inertia
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA AND AGRICULTURE
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA AND INDUSTRIALIZATION
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA AND EVOLUTION OF SOCIO-ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA AND CUMULATIVE PROCESS OF LOCATION CHOICES
s A DETERMINISTIC CASE OF TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA
s THE ROLE OF TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA IN METROPOLITAN AND CITY DEVELOPMENT
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA IN URBEXPLOSION DEVELOPMENT
s TOPODYNAMIC INERTIA AT THE WORLD LEVEL
s REVERSIBILITY OF TOPODYNAMIC MOVEMENTS
7The Great Ebb : Europe’s Fight for Survival
s THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE
s RUSSIA
s THE SPANISH RECONQUISTA
s THE RESURRECTION OF THE WEST EUROPEAN URBEXPLOSION
The Venetian Empire from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century
s THE FORMING OF FRANCE , A TERRITORIAL STATE
s THE EXPANSION OF THE GERMANIC HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE
s THE GESTATION OF THE NORTHERN EUROPE URBEXPLOSION
of the Occident
s BUILDING A BRIDGE BETWEEN EUROPE AND AMERICA
s THE RE-ALIGNMENT OF THE EUROPEAN ECONOMY
The New Westward Movement in Europe
s THE RHÔNE, THE RHINE, AND THE ST. GOTTHARD PASS
The Five Main Passes of the Alps
s THE NEW POLE OF NORTHERN EUROPE: AMSTERDAM AND LONDON
s THREE TERRITORIAL STATES
s THE AMERICAN PERIPHERY OF THE NEW EUROPEAN ECONOMY-WORLD
The Americas between 1492 and 1825
the Second Urban Revolution
The Epicenter of the Industrial Revolution
s LIBERALISM , PRELUDE TO THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
s THE IMPACT OF MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION ON URBAN SYSTEMS
s THE SOUTHEASTWARD MOVEMENT IN THE EUROPEAN SECTION OF THE GREAT CORRIDOR
s THE WAVE OF COLONIZATION THAT OVERWHELMED AFRICA
The Spreading of European Colonialism through the Great Corridor
s THE EUROPEAN EXPANSION IN ASIA
The Spreading of European Colonialism through the Asian Corridor
s THE IMPACT ON POLARIZATION OF EVOLVING FROM ANIMAL TO MOTORIZED TRANSPORTATION
Reference, Attraction, and Repulsion Points
The Case of a Single Reference Point
The Case of Two Reference Points
Motorized transportation
The Case of Animal Transportation
The Case of Relay
The Case of Motorized Transportation
The Case of Three Reference Points, or “Triangle” Case
The Case of More Than Three Reference Points
s EXPLAINING THE BASIC PARADOX OF SPACE-ECONOMY
Motors and Networks
Interdependence of Location Decisions
Information
Spatial Competition
The Biased Reductions of Space-Friction
Larger Cities Made Possible
Loading/Unloading Costs and Absolute Advantages
s FROM LONDON TO THE TRANS-SIBERIAN
The European Section of the American Corridor
s THE EMERGENCE OF THE AMERICAN CORRIDOR IN NORTH AMERICA
The American Section of the American Corridor
s THE IMPACT OF THE AMERICAN CORRIDOR ON LATIN AMERICA
s FROM AMERICA TO JAPAN AND ASIA IN THE AMERICAN CORRIDOR
s THE CREATION AND SPREAD OF INNOVATIONS IN THE GEOGRAPHICAL SPACE
s THE TRUE MEANING OF TOPODYNAMIC CORRIDORS
s THE EVOLUTION OF CITY LOCATIONS
s THE EVOLUTION IN THE FORM OF CITIES
s THE EVOLUTION OF THE FORM OF COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
s THE MAIN CATEGORIES OF CITIES
s THE EVOLUTION OF CENTRALITY
s TRANSPORTATION AND THE RELOCATION OF ACTIVITIES IN THE CITY
s ARE EUROPEAN AND CANADO-AMERICAN CITIES AS DIFFERENT AS IT IS USUALLY SAID?
s DEVELOPED AND DEVELOPING CITIES
The Broad Patterns of History
Bibliography
Appendix 1
Tables of Demographic Evolution1
Demographic Evolution of Madras, Sydney, and Singapore, 1750–2000
Cities by Types1
Silk Road Network Synthesis1
Index
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Urban World History

Urban World History

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Does the long history of urbanization present identifiable regularities through time and space? Are there long-run trends in the development process? In the complex evolution of human societies are there other determining factors than political decisions, statesmen, wars, economic crises, religions, races, cultures, languages, and sociological values? Is the geographical space a simple setting or a major element of the urban world’s evolution? Those are some fundamental questions this bookaddresses in an original way that mixes historical facts, a world scope, an encyclopedic culture, reflections, and space-economic theory. From Çatalhöyük and Jericho to London, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Tokyo, it reconstitutes the fascinating journey of the urban evolution.
Does the long history of urbanization present identifiable regularities through time and space? Are there long-run trends in the development process? In the complex evolution of human societies are there other determining factors than political decisions, statesmen, wars, economic crises, religions, races, cultures, languages, and sociological values? Is the geographical space a simple setting or a major element of the urban world’s evolution? Those are some fundamental questions this bookaddresses in an original way that mixes historical facts, a world scope, an encyclopedic culture, reflections, and space-economic theory. From Çatalhöyük and Jericho to London, São Paulo, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Tokyo, it reconstitutes the fascinating journey of the urban evolution.

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