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Title: Urban agency: debating the aims and limits of urban history
Authors: Gunn, Simon
First Published: 11-Apr-2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Citation: Urban History, 2016, pp. 1-?
Abstract: What difference do cities make? How the urban – and place more generally – have contributed to historical processes is one of the questions that continually confront urban historians. Should towns and cities be regarded as no more than the backdrop against which events and developments – industrialization, social conflict, war – are played out? Or do cities and urbanism more widely possess agency? Do they (as many urbanists claim) have an active part to play in shaping how historical processes eventuate, why things happened in this way here and that way there? If so, what precisely is the urban variable; how can we define and estimate it?
DOI Link: 10.1017/S0963926816000286
ISSN: 0963-9268
eISSN: 1469-8706
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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