The City: The Basics – Kevin Archer – eBook

eBook details

  • Author: Kevin Archer
  • File Size: 3 MB
  • Format: PDF
  • Length: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1st edition
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009C615ES
  • ISBN-10: 0415670799, 0415670802
  • ISBN-13: 9780415670791, 9780415670807


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


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