Spring 2008

A World of Cities: Urban History in Global Perspective

Listed in: History, as HIST-70


Francis G. Couvares (Section 01)
Max Page (Section 01)


(C) This course will offer students a global introduction to the development of cities around the world. Readings will include case studies of cities in North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as at least one field trip to a metropolis (New York) and one to a small regional city (Holyoke). The course will emphasize the movement of people, capital, and ideas among very different cities around the globe. In addition to city-specific readings, the course will explore different theoretical approaches to urban history and urban planning. It will focus on differences among cities, while also asking whether universal patterns are discernible in urban development across ages and cultures. The location of class meetings alternates yearly between Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts. In spring 2008 the course will be taught at the University of Massachusetts. Three class meetings per week Limited to 50 students. Second semester. Professors Couvares and Page (University of Massachusetts).