Global Cities in History

Michael Goebel

HI112 | Autumn | 6 ECTS

Cities have long been regarded, in Lewis Mumford'€™s words of 1938, as "the maximum concentrations for the power and culture of a community." But they served not only as centers of regional or national communities but also as nodal points of long-distance connections. Looking at urban areas through the lens of global history, the seminar will explore the role played by cities in a world connecting and ask in how far the development of cityscapes was affected and shaped by conditions of global connectedness. The seminar focuses on selected case studies since the nineteenth century We also explore the effects of asymmetrical power relations that produced segmented, unequal, and unmixed cityscapes. In sum, the seminar aims at furnishing historical tools for a better understanding of the intersections between globalization and urbanization.