Kevin Archer’s eBook, The City: The Basics (PDF) provides a brief yet compelling overview of the study of cities and city life. The ebook draws on a range of perspectives – political, cultural, economic, and environmental aspects are all considered – to provide a broad comparison of the evolution of cities in the rich Global North and the poorer Global South. Topics covered in the ebook include:
- urban politics, urban planning, and urban poverty
- a brief history of cities from ancient times to the post-modern present
- the environmental impact of urban life and the idea of sustainable cities
- the differences between “global cities” in the North and “megacities” in the South
Featuring suggestions for further reading, recommended websites and a number of illustrations and maps, this ebook is the ideal starting point for those interested in any aspect of cities or urban studies.
‘The City: The Basics’ approaches the very complex, broad, and interdisciplinary topic of “the city” in a manner and style where students of all levels will learn something new.’ – Dr. Bernadette Hanlon, Ohio State University, USA