The Great Cities in History

The Great Cities in History

  1. Edited by John Julius Norwich
  • ISBN 9780500292518
  • 19.80 x 12.90 cm
  • Paperback
  • 372pp
  • With 51 illustrations
  • First published 2016

A portrait of world civilization told through the fascinating stories of the world’s greatest cities, new in paperback

‘An extravaganza … a terrific line-up of writers, and some superb illustrations’ – The Times Literary Supplement


‘One couldn’t really ask for better people to open windows of insight on this fascinatingand urgent topic’– Condé Nast Traveller


‘The history of cities is a history of civilization and such histories do not usually comeso clear, so concise, so accessible and so entertaining as this’– The Art Book

From the origins of urbanization in Mesopotamia to the global metropolises of today, great cities have marked the development of human civilization.

The Great Cities in History tells their stories, from Uruk and Memphis to Tokyo and São Paulo. A galaxy of distinguished contributors evokes the character of each place – its people, its art and architecture, its government – and explain the reasons for its success. Richly illustrated with photographs, paintings, maps and plans, this volume is nothing less than a portrait of world civilization.

John Julius Norwich is the author of magisterial histories of Norman Sicily, the republic of Venice and of the Byzantine empire. He has also presented some thirty BBC television historical documentaries.


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