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A New Governor Arrives in Batavia: Public Ceremony in a Colonial City

By Mikko Toivanen, University of Edinburgh How can historians relate urban spaces to the lives of city dwellers? Does it matter if the city is located in a colonial setting? Brenda Yeoh has argued that an excessive focus on abstract … Continue reading

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Is settler colonial history urban history?

By Efrat Gilad, Graduate Institute Geneva Tel Aviv, “the First Hebrew City” founded in 1909, is also referred to as “the city that begat a state”. This celebratory proverb illustrates how the city’s capitalist ventures were the economic and cultural … Continue reading

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Cartographies of Global Connectivity in Interwar Japan

By Jeffrey C. Guarneri, University of Wisconsin-Madison Japan’s interwar period (1918-1941) was a time of profound changes in Japan’s ports of international trade, cities which simultaneously helped to drive Japan’s rise to world economic power status during World War I … Continue reading

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No Escape

By Guy Ortolano, New York University I went urban to escape the global. Supranational histories – imperial, international, transnational, global, world – have become the default frames within which scholarship proceeds. At their best, these approaches shatter the complacencies of … Continue reading

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The Next Step in Global Urban History

By Joseph Ben Prestel (Freie Universität Berlin), Michael Goebel (Graduate Institute Geneva), and Tracy Neumann, (Wayne State University). We launched the Global Urban History Blog in November 2015. Three and a half years later, we are pleased to announce a new project … Continue reading

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Multireligiosity as a Rallying Call: The Petticoat Lane Street Market in the 1850s

By Ole Münch Today, urban street markets are often places where migrants from different origins meet and mingle. This was the case in the past as well. By the middle of the nineteenth century the East End of London already hosted … Continue reading

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Exploring Intersections of Urban History and Global History: A Roundtable Discussion at EAUH 2018

By Bronwen Everill, University of Cambridge, Anindita Ghosh, University of Manchester, Ayala Levin, Northwestern University, Cyrus Schayegh, The Graduate Institute Geneva, Rosemary Wakeman, Fordham University, Carl Nightingale, University at Buffalo, and Joseph Ben Prestel, Freie Universität Berlin Carl Nightingale and … Continue reading

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The City as a Palimpsest and Crucible of National Identity

By Alexander C. Diener, University of Kansas, and Joshua Hagen, Northern State University The tendency of successive regimes to rework commemorative landscapes speaks to the intrinsic and intricate linkages between place, memory, and identity. We affix memories and identities to urban space … Continue reading

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An Unlikely Environmentalism: Mexico City’s Urban Ecological Thought in the Age of Development

By Matthew Vitz, University of California San Diego Considering Mexico City epitomized environmental catastrophe for much of the 1980s and 1990s, one would not expect it to have been a bastion of innovative urban ecological thinking during the middle of … Continue reading

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Dakar, Senegal: Cosmopolitan Interwar City

By Kathleen Keller, Gustavus Adolphus College One of largest cities in West Africa, Dakar, Senegal sits at the western-most tip of the continent. Now home to a population of over two million people, Dakar of today is the capital of … Continue reading

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