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By Daniel Brook

ISBN-10: 0393078124

ISBN-13: 9780393078121

One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013"

A pioneering exploration of 4 towns the place East meets West and previous turns into destiny: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.
each month, 5 million humans movement from the previous to the long run. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, those city rookies confront a contemporary global cobbled jointly from fragments of a West they've got by no means visible. Do those fantastical boomtowns, the place blueprints spring to lifestyles in a single day on virgin land, signify the dawning of a courageous new global? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage?
In an enthralling mixture of heritage and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a chain of significant metropolitan hubs that have been as soon as themselves speedy cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” figuring out today’s rising worldwide order, he argues, calls for comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted impression on developing-world towns over the centuries.

In 1703, Tsar Peter the good individually oversaw the development of a brand new Russian capital, a “window at the West” conscientiously modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed may wrench Russia into the trendy global. within the 19th century, Shanghai turned the fastest-growing urban on the earth because it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking city that simply occurred to be within the a long way East. in the meantime, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed right into a tropical London by the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists.

Juxtaposing the tales of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to remodel each one of those precociously glossy locations into avatars of the worldwide destiny, Brook demonstrates that the force for modernization used to be in the beginning conflated with wholesale Westernization. He exhibits, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the start (and rebirth) of chinese language capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style motion picture palaces, the flamable mixture of innovative tradition and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and the way it could be transcended today.

A attention-grabbing, vibrant glance from the earlier out towards the horizon, A historical past of destiny Cities is either an important reminder of globalization’s lengthy march and an inspiring inspect the chances of our Asian Century.
12 illustrations; four maps

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