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Lewis Mumford Books – An Introductory Reading Guide

Lewis Mumford Books

This week marked the birthday of historian and social critic Lewis Mumford …

In honor of the occasion, we offer this introductory reading guide to Lewis Mumford books .

 
 

3. The City in History

Arguably Mumford’s best-known book… A definitive classic, Lewis Mumford’s massive historical study brings together a wide array of evidence — from the earliest group habitats to medieval towns to the modern centers of commerce — to show how the urban form has changed throughout human civilization.

Mumford explores the factors that made Greek cities uniques and offers a controversial view of the Roman city concept. He explains how the role of monasticism influenced Christian towns and how mercanitile capitalism shapes the modern city today.

The City in History remains a powerfully influential work, one that has shaped the agendas of urban planners, sociologists, and social critics since its publication in the 1960s.



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Image Credit: From the cover to the paperback edition of the excellent book Lewis Mumford: A Life… (Buy it now!)

 


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