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(p. xviii) List of Contributors

(p. xviii) List of Contributors

Carl Abbott

is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Oregon. His research and writing have centred on the interactions between urban growth and regional development and identity in North America. His publications include The New Urban America: Growth and Politics in Sunbelt Cities (1983), Political Terrain: Washington DC from Tidewater Town to Global Metropolis (1999), and How Cities Won the West: Four Centuries of Urban Growth in Western North America (2008).

Mohammad al-Asad

is an architect and architectural historian, and the founding director of the Center for the Study of the Built Environment (CSBE) in Amman, Jordan. He taught at the University of Jordan, Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the editor of Workplaces, The Transformation of Places of Production: Industrialization and the Built Environment in the Islamic World (the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010), and author of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism in the Middle East (forthcoming).

Bas van Bavel is Professor of Economic and Social History of the Middle Ages at Utrecht University and head of the section of Economic and Social History. His research activities focus on reconstructing, analysing, and explaining economic growth and social change in pre-industrial Europe, emphasizing long-term transitions and regional diversity, and using comparative analysis—both over time and across regions—as the main tool. More specifically, he aims to find out why some societal arrangements are successful and others not, and what drivers the formation of these arrangements. In 2010 Oxford University Press published his Manors and Markets. Economy and Society in the Low Countries, 500–1600.

J. A. Baird

is Lecturer in Archaeology in the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her current research involves integrating architecture, artefacts, and textual evidence to examine ancient daily life and responses to Roman rule. Her recent work has focused on the site of Dura-Europos, where she has worked for several years, both in the field and in the archive at Yale. Her recent publications include writing on the history of archaeological photography (American Journal of Archaeology, 2011) and a co-edited volume on Ancient Graffiti in Context (2010).

Wim Blockmans

has been a history professor at Rotterdam and Leiden Universities, and Rector of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Among his books relevant (p. xix) in this context: Cities and the Rise of States in Europe, A.D. 1000–1800, ed. with Ch. Tilly (1994), A History of Power in Europe. Peoples, Markets, States (1997), The Promised Lands. The Low Countries under Burgundian Rule, 1369–1530, with W. Prevenier (1999), Emperor Charles V 1500–1558 (2001), Metropolen aan de Noordzee. Geschiedenis van Nederland 1100–1560 [Metropoles at the North Sea. History of the Low Countries 1100–1560] (2010).

Bruno Blondé

is a research professor at the Centre for Urban History of the University of Antwerp. He has published especially on the economic growth and social inequality of early modern urban societies in the Low Countries, the history of material culture and retailing from the late Middle Ages to the nineteenth century, transport history, and urban history in general.

Leonard Blussé

is Professor of East and South East Asian History at Leiden University, where he is teaching and doing research on the history of Asian–European relations. His present research focuses on Chinese seafaring and emigration in early modern time. His publications include Visible Cities: Canton, Nagasaki and Batavia and the Coming of the Americans (2008), Bitter Bonds, A Colonial Divorce Drama of the Seventeenth Century (2002) and Strange Company, Chinese Settlers, Mestizo Women and the Dutch in VOC Batavia (1988).

Marc Boone

is Professor of Medieval History at Ghent University and has also taught in France. He has been a member of the Royal Academy in Brussels since 2008 and of its committee for urban history (pro civitate). Recent publications include ‘A la recherché d’une modernité civique. La société urbaine des anciens Pays-Bas au bas Moyen Age’ (2010). He acted as President of the European Association for Urban History 2008–2010. He currently chairs the Belgian inter-university research programme on urban history (see:

Maarten Bosker

is Assistant Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His research focuses on empirically establishing the role of geography in economic and urban development. Recent projects look at the long-run development of cities in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, the role of geography in the origins of the European city system, and the spread of civil war across international borders. His research has been published in the Economic History Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Economic Geography, and Journal of Urban Economics.

Ebru Boyar

is Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where she teaches Ottoman and Turkish history. She is also the academic adviser at the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on Ottoman and early Turkish republican social and diplomatic history. Her books include Ottomans, Turks and the Balkans: Empire Lost, Relations Altered (2007) and A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (2010), co-authored with Kate Fleet.

Eltjo Buringh

is a researcher at the Centre for Global Economic History at Utrecht University. He tries to unravel the drivers of urbanization, trade and economic development from Roman times to c.1800 in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. He has published in Science, Journal of Economic History, Economic History Review, and Review of Economics and Statistics. His latest book, Medieval Manuscript Production in the Latin West, was published in 2011.

Peter Burke

is an active practitioner of comparative history. He was Professor of Cultural History, University of Cambridge until his retirement and remains a Fellow of Emmanuel College. His contributions to urban history include Venice and Amsterdam (1974); Antwerp, a Metropolis in Europe (1993); and ‘Imagining Identity in the Early Modern City’, in Christian Emden, Catherine Keen, and David Midgley, eds., Imagining the City (2006), vol.1, 23–38.

Xiangming Chen

is Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies and Paul Raether Distinguished Professor of Sociology and International Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, as well as a Guest Professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. His co-authored and co-edited books include: The World of Cities (2003; Chinese edn., 2005), As Borders Bend (2005), Shanghai Rising (2009; Chinese edn., 2009), and Introduction to Cities: How Place and Space Shape Human Experience (2012; Chinese edn., 2012).

Peter Clark

is Emeritus Professor of European Urban History, University of Helsinki and Visiting Professor at Leicester University. He has written or edited numerous books on urban, social, cultural, and environmental history including European Cities and Towns 400–2000 (2009) and (general editor), The Cambridge Urban History of Britain 700–1950 (3 vols., 2000). For 20 years he was Treasurer of the European Association for Urban History.

Penelope J. Corfield

studies urban, social, and cultural history, as well as approaches to time and history. She is Emeritus Professor at Royal Holloway, London University; and has held visiting posts in Australia, Hungary, Japan, and the USA. She is also Visiting Professor at Leicester University's Centre for Urban History; and Vice-President of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Publications include The Impact of English Towns, 1700–1800 (1982), Power and the Professions in Britain, 1700–1850 (1995; 1999); Time and the Shape of History (2007); and a collaborative project on Proto-Democracy: London Electoral History, 1700–1850 (2012). For more details, see

Hilde De Weerdt

is Reader in Chinese History at King's College, London where she teaches Chinese and comparative history. Her past and current research focuses on imperial political culture, information technologies, social networks, and intellectual history. Her publications include Competition over Content: Negotiating Standards for the Civil Service Examinations in Imperial China (1127–1276) (2007) and Knowledge and (p. xxi) Text–Production in an Age of Print—China, Tenth–Fourteenth Centuries (with Lucille Chia, 2011). She has been engaged in several comparative history projects focused on the medieval period.

Howard Dick, an economist and economic historian, is Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Business and Commerce at the University of Melbourne and Conjoint Professor in the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Newcastle (NSW). With Peter J. Rimmer he is co-author of Cities, Transport and Communications: The Integration of Southeast Asia since 1850 (2003), which examines the impact of technological change on South East Asia's city systems and systems of cities, and also of The City in Southeast Asia (2009), which explores ways of moving beyond the paradigm of the third world city.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

teaches at Notre Dame University. He has published widely on global environmental history, urban history, comparative colonial history, Spanish history, maritime history, and the history of cartography. His recent books include Civilizations: Culture, Ambition, and the Transformation of Nature (The Free Press, 2001) and 1492: The Year Our World Began (Bloomsbury, 2010).

Henry Fitts

graduated from Trinity College in 2012. He started in the Cities program, attended the Megacities of the Yangtze River summer programme in China, and double majored in sociology and urban studies.

Bill Freund

is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His books, including The African Worker and The Making of Contemporary Africa, and numerous shorter contributions, cover a wide range of topics in African and South African history. His The African City: A History was published in 2007.

Alan Gilbert

is Emeritus Professor at University College, London. He has published extensively on housing, poverty, employment, and urban problems in developing countries and particularly those in Latin America. He has authored or co-authored ten books, edited four others and written more than 150 academic articles. He also acts as adviser to many international institutions including the Inter-American Development Bank and UN-HABITAT.

Marjolein ’t Hart

is Associate Professor in Economic and Social History at the University of Amsterdam. She has published widely on the history of early modern state formation and revolts. Her recent research interests focus on ecological history and global history. Her major publications include The Making of a Bourgeois State. War, Politics and Finance during the Dutch Revolt (1993), A Financial History of the Netherlands (1997, with Jan Luiten van Zanden and Joost Jonker), and recently Globalization, Environmental Change, and Social History (2010, with Peter Boomgaard).

Carola Hein

is Professor at Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania) in the Growth and Structure of Cities department. Her current research interests include transmission of architectural and urban ideas along international networks, focusing specifically on (p. xxii) port cities and the global architecture of oil. With an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship she investigated large-scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008. Her books include: The Capital of Europe (2004), European Brussels. Whose Capital? Whose City? (2006), Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital (2007), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945 (2003), and Cities, Autonomy and Decentralisation in Japan (2006).

Marjatta Hietala

was Professor of General History at the University of Tampere 1996–2011 and has also taught in the United States. She has published extensively on urban history, the diffusion of innovations and on the History of Science including Services and Urbanization at the Turn of the Century: The Diffusion of Innovations (1987); Helsinki—The Innovative City. Historical Perspectives (with Marjatta Bell) (2002); and Helsinki Historic Towns Atlas (with Martti Helminen and Merja Lahtinen). She is currently President of the Comité International des Sciences Historiques (since 2010).

Ho-fung Hung

is Associate Professor of Sociology at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of Protest with Chinese Characteristics: Demonstration, Riots, and Petitions in Mid-Qing Dynasty (2011) and editor of China and the Transformation of Global Capitalism (2009). His articles have appeared in American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, New Left Review, Review of International Political Economy, Asian Survey, etc.

Jussi S. Jauhiainen

is Professor of Geography at the University of Turku and Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Tartu. His past and current research focuses on urban geography, regional development, and innovation networks, of which he has published extensively. He has been engaged in several research projects on regional development in Finland and Estonia, and the Baltic Sea region.

Prashant Kidambi

is Senior Lecturer in Colonial Urban History in the School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester. His research explores the interface between British imperialism and the history of modern South Asia. In addition to a number of journal articles and book chapters, Dr Kidambi is the author of a major study of colonial Bombay entitled The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890–1920 (2007).

Ray Laurence is

Professor and Head of the Classical and Archaeological Studies section, University of Kent at Canterbury. He previously held posts at the Universities of Reading and Birmingham. He has taught and published widely on Roman history. He is Chair of the Canterbury Heritage Partnership with Canterbury City Council.

Andrew Lees

is Distinguished Professor of History at the Camden Campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research has focused on the intellectual and social history of modern Germany, on German perceptions of urban society in Britain and the United States, and on urban history more generally. His more recent publications include Cities Perceived: Urban Society in European and American Thought, (p. xxiii) 1820–1940 (1985); Cities, Sin, and Social Reform in Imperial Germany (2002); and, with Lynn Hollen Lees, Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750–1914 (2007).

Lynn Hollen Lees

is Professor of History and Vice Provost for Faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. Her publications pertain to the history of Europe: Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London (1979); The Making of Urban Europe (with Paul M. Hohenberg, 1994); The Solidarities of Strangers: The English Poor Laws and the People, 1700–1948 (1998); and, with Andrew Lees, Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750–1914 (2007). She is currently working on the social and economic history of British Malaya, on which she has written several articles.

Luuk de Ligt

studied at the Free University of Amsterdam and Cambridge. In 2002 he became Full Professor of Ancient History at the University of Leiden. He is the author of Fairs and Markets in the Roman Empire (1993) and of Peasants, Citizens and Soldiers (2012). Volumes edited or co-edited by him include Viva Vox Iuris Romani (2002), Roman Rule and Civic Life (2004), and People, Land and Politics (2008).

Mario Liverani

is Professor of Ancient Near East History at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Internationally known for his work on Mesopotamia and the Levant. Publications include Myth and Politics in Ancient Near Eastern Historiography (with Z. Bahrani).

Leo Lucassen

holds the chair of Social and Economic History at Leiden University. He specializes in global migration history, urban history, state formation, and socio-political developments in modern states. Key publications are: The Immigrant Threat. The Integration of Old and New Migrants in Western Europe since 1850 (2005); Migration History in World History. Multidisciplinary Approaches (2010) ed. with Jan Lucassen and Patrick Manning; and Living in the City. Urban Institutions in the Low Countries, 1200–2010 (2012), ed. with Wim Willems.

James McClain

is Professor of History at Brown University, where he teaches courses on Japan and Korea. His research focuses on urban cultural history. He has received numerous grants from international foundations and has been a visiting scholar at Doshisha University, Keio University, Kyoto University, Tokyo University, Tokoku University, and Yonsei University. His publications include Kanazawa: An Early-Modern Castle Town (1982), Edo and Paris (1997), and Japan: A Modern History (2001). He is currently working on a history of the middle class in Tokyo in the twentieth century.

Kevin MacDonald

is Professor of African Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology where he has taught since completing his PhD at Cambridge in 1994. He has worked in Mali for over twenty years on field projects ranging from the Late Stone Age to Historic era, principally in the Gourma, Méma, Haute Vallée, and Segou regions. His main ongoing research focuses on the historical geography and archaeology of Mande statehood west of the Inland Niger Delta. Since 2001, he has also worked on the (p. xxiv) historical archaeology of the African Diaspora in Louisiana. His books include Slavery in Africa: Archaeology and Memory (with Paul Lane).

Augusta McMahon

is Senior University Lecturer in Mesopotamian Archaeology and History at the University of Cambridge. She has participated extensively in archaeological fieldwork in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, at a range of settlements from a Neolithic village through complex urban centres to imperial capitals. Her publications include Settlement Archaeology at Chagar Bazar (2009) and The Early Dynastic to Akkadian Transition (2006). Since 2006, she has been Field Director of the Tell Brak Project, Syria. Her research interests include early urbanism, urban landscapes, prehistoric violent conflict, and human response to climate change.

David Mattingly

is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Leicester. He has written extensively on aspects of urbanization in the Roman world. More recently, his research has also extended to the archaeology of early urban societies in the Sahara. He is the author or editor of twenty-two books and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Martin V. Melosi

is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and Director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston, Texas. His areas of research interest include the urban environment, energy history, history of technology, and environmental justice. He has been the president of the Urban History Association, the American Society for Environmental History, the Public Works Historical Society, and the National Council on Public History. He is the author or editor of nineteen books. His most recent book is Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America's Cities (2011).

Thomas R. Metcalf, Professor Emeritus of History of the University of California, Berkeley, taught Imperial, Indian, and South Asian history there from 1962 to 2003. His research has focused mainly on the history of the British empire, and the Raj in India, during the nineteenth century. His published works include An Imperial Vision (1989); Ideologies of the Raj (1995); and Imperial Connections: India in the Indian Ocean Arena (2007). He is co-author, with Barbara D. Metcalf, of A Concise History of Modern India (3rd edn., 2012).

Robin Osborne

is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College and of the British Academy. His work directly relevant to the history of the city includes Demos: The Discovery of Classical Attika (1985), Classical Landscape with Figures: The Ancient Greek City and Its Countryside (1987), and (ed. with B. Cunliffe) Mediterranean Urbanization 800–600 B.C. (2005).

Cameron A. Petrie

is Lecturer in South Asian and Iranian Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. His past and current research focuses on the rise of socio-economic complexity, the social and economic aspects of state formation, the impact that the growth of states and empires has on subjugated regions, and the relationships between (p. xxv) humans and the environment. He is co-editor of the journal Iran, editor and co-author of Sheri Khan Tarakai and Early Village Life in North-West Pakistan (2010), and co-editor and co-author of The Mamasani Archaeological Project Stage One (2nd edn., 2009).

Peter J. Rimmer, an economic and human geographer, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Culture, History and Language and Fellow in the Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia.

William T. Rowe

is John and Diane Cooke Professor of Chinese History, the Johns Hopkins University. He works on cultural, intellectual, economic, and political histories of China from the 14th to the 20th centuries. He recently completed a book on the consciousness of the governing elite of the Qing dynasty in the 18th century. He is interested in studying China in the comparative context of other world histories.

Hannu Salmi

is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Turku and Director of the International Institute for Popular Culture (IIPC). His publications include Kadonnut perintö. Näytelmäelokuvan synty Suomessa 1907–1916 [Lost Heritage: Emergence of Finnish Fiction Film, 1907–1916] (2002), Wagner and Wagnerism in Nineteenth-Century Sweden, Finland, and the Baltic Provinces: Reception, Enthusiasm, Cult (2005), Nineteenth-Century Europe: A Cultural History (2008), and Historical Comedy on Screen: Subverting History with Humour (2011).

Kristin Stapleton

is Director of Asian Studies and Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research interests include Chinese and comparative urban administration, the history of Chinese family life, and the place of non-US history in American intellectual life. Her publications include Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895–1937 (2000) and The Human Tradition in Modern China (2008). She is currently writing a book on the 1931 best-selling novel Jia (Family) by the Chinese New Culture activist and anarchist Ba Jin.

N. Steinhardt

is Professor of East Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1982. She is author or co-author of Chinese Traditional Architecture (1984), Chinese Imperial City Planning (1990), Liao Architecture (1997), Chinese Architecture (2003), Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture (2005), and Chinese Architecture and the Beaux-Arts (2011), and more than 70 scholarly articles. Steinhardt is currently involved in international collaborations in China, Korea, and Japan.

David L. Stone

studies the archaeology and history of North Africa in the Roman empire. He has published Leptiminus (Lamta). Report no. 3, the Field Survey (Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement 87, 2011) and Mortuary Landscapes of North Africa (2007). He has also contributed several articles on the economy, epigraphy, and landscape archaeology of North Africa. His current research focuses on agency theory, imperialism, and the rural landscape of the Roman province of Africa Proconsularis.

Dominique Valérian

is Professor of Islamic Medieval History at the Université Lumière-Lyon 2 and a member of the CIHAM (Centre interdisciplinaire d’histoire et d’archéologie médiévales). He is a specialist of the medieval Maghreb and the Mediterranean, and his research focuses on port cities and trade networks. He published Bougie, port maghrébin, 1067–1510 (2006) and Les sources italiennes de l’histoire du Maghreb médiéval (2006) and edited Espaces et réseaux en Méditerranée médiévale (with Damien Coulon and Christophe Picard, 2 vols., 2007–2010) and Islamisation et arabisation de l’Occident musulman, VIIe–XIIe siècle (2011).

Ilja Van Damme

is a postdoctoral research member of the Centre for Urban History, Antwerp and appointed postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research Flanders (FWO-Flanders). He has published on issues related to urban development in the Low Countries from the 17th to the 20th century, and studies the history of changing consumer preferences, shopping, and commodity exchange.

Mercedes Volait

is CNRS Research Professor at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art in Paris, where she heads the unit devoted to architecture and antiquarianism in the modern Mediterranean. Her current research focuses on the intersections of architecture, knowledge, and heritage in nineteenth-century Cairo. Her publications include: Urbanism, Imported or Exported? (2003, co-edited with Joe Nasr), Architectes et architectures de l’Egypte moderne (1830–1950) (2005), Fous du Caire: Architectes, excentriques et amateurs d’art en Egypte (1867–1914) (2009). She currently chairs the European COST network ‘European architecture beyond Europe (19th–20th centuries)’.

Paul Waley

is a senior lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Leeds. He writes on the history of Tokyo as well as on contemporary issues in the urban geography of Japan and East Asia. His research has focused in particular on urban change in the periphery of Tokyo. Recent publications include ‘Distinctive patterns of industrial Urbanization in modern Tokyo, c. 1880–1930’ (Journal of Historical Geography, 2009, vol. 35, no. 3). He co-edited Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo (2003).

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

is Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge; previously Director of the British School at Rome. He has written extensively on Pompeii and Augustan Rome. In 1994 he was awarded the James R. Wiseman Award for his Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994).

Anne Winter

lectures on early modern and urban history at the Vrije Universiteit, Brussels and is Director of the research team Historical Research into Urban Transformation Processes (HOST). Her research focuses on social-economic problems of the early modern period and the nineteenth century in an internationally comparative perspective. Important publications include Migrants and Urban Change: Newcomers to Antwerp, 1760–1860 (2009) and Gated Communities? Regulating Migration in Early Modern Cities, with Bert De Munck (2012).

Jan Luiten van Zanden

has been Professor in Economic History at the University of Utrecht since 1992. He has carried out extensive research on global economic history. He recently published Long Road to the Industrial Revolution. The European Economy in a Global Perspective, 1000–1800 (2009).

Shaohua Zhan

is a doctoral researcher at the Johns Hopkins University, and previously worked as an assistant research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His research has covered a range of issues including rural development, labor migration, social policy, historical-comparative sociology, and world-systems analysis. His dissertation deals with the issues of the industrial revolution in China in history and at present.