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The European City

ISBN: 978-0-631-19893-2
264 pages
November 1995, Wiley-Blackwell
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This is a history of the European city from the early Middle Ages to the present. Tracing the city from the survival of urban life after the collapse of the Roman Empire to the effects of modern industrialization and transportation, Professor Benevolo's book also provides a fascinating account of the relationship between urban life and cultural and intellectual life.
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Table of Contents


1. Emergence from the Ancient World.

2. The Creation of a New Urban System.

3. The Touching Up of the Urban Environment.

4. Confrontation with the World.

5. The Difficult Adjustment to the Laws of Perspective.

6. The Industrial City.

7. Europe in the Contemporary World.

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Author Information

Leonardo Benevolo has held positions as Professor of the History of Architecture at the universities of Florence, Venice and Palermo, and visiting professorships at the universities of Yale, Columbia, Caracas, Tehran, Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo. His many books include The Origins of Modern Urbanism (10th edition 1989), An Introduction to Architecture (14th edition 1990), The History of Architecture and the Renaissance (7th edition 1988) and The History of the Oriental City (2nd edition 1989).
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The Wiley Advantage

  • One of the most successful volumes in the prestigious Making of Europe series
  • Best short acount of the history of European cities and the evolution of urban life.
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"Leonardo Benevolo has achieved a remarkable double: he now only produces a convincing synthesis of the history of Europe's cities since the early Middle Ages, but also avoids superficiality and false generalization . . . a most timely, distinguished and scholarly contribution to the literature on European urban history." The Geographical Journal "Leonardo Benevolo writes with energy and verve on the European city." The Times "Professor Benevolo's extensively illustrated book reflects the author's architectural expertise. He examines successfully the classical city, the medieval town and the drive for urban perfection in the Renaissance." History
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