Skip to main content
Global Urban History Project

HomeNoteworthy in Global Urban History

This is the third in what will be an ongoing series of profiles of GUHP members' work, highlighting the sheer breadth of scholarship in the field of global urban history.

Please consider ordering these titles for your personal and university libraries.

The series also salutes the work of networks and associations whose missions
overlap that of GUHP in significant ways.

Membership in GUHP is free of charge. To join visit ourHomepage




Brand NewStreet Archives and City Life: Popular Intellectuals in Postcolonial Tanzania
by Emily Callaci, History, Wisconsin Madison
(Duke University Press, 2017)

InStreet Archives and City LifeEmily Callaci maps a new terrain of political and cultural production in mid- to late twentieth-century Tanzanian urban landscapes. While the postcolonial Tanzanian ruling party (TANU) adopted a policy of rural socialism known as Ujamaa between 1967 and 1985, an influx of youth migrants to the city of Dar es Salaam generated innovative forms of urbanism through the production and circulation of what Callaci calls street archives.[more]

GUHP Profile,Author website

Latino City: Immigration and Urban Crisis in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1945-2000
by Llana Barber, American Studies, SUNY Old Westbury
(University of North Carolina Press, 2017)


Latino Cityinterweaves the histories of urban crisis in U.S. cities and imperial migration from Latin America by exploring the transformation of Lawrence, Massachusetts into a Latino-majority city in the late twentieth century. Pushed to migrate by political and economic circumstances shaped by the long history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, poor and working-class Puerto Ricans and Dominicans then had to reckon with the segregation, joblessness, disinvestment, and profound stigma that plagued U.S. cities during the crisis era, particularly in the Rust Belt. Facing hostility from their neighbors, exclusion from local governance, inadequate city services, and limited job prospects, Latinos fought and organized for the right to make a home in Lawrence.[more]

GUHP profile,Author website


The Habitable City in China:
Urban History in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Toby Lincoln, History, Leicester
and Tao Xu, History, Shanghai Academy of Social Science
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)


This book offers a new perspective on Chinese urban history by exploring cities as habitable spaces. China, the world’s most populous nation, is now its newest urban society, and the pace of this unprecedented historical transformation has increased in recent decades. The contributors to this book conceptualise cities as first providing the necessities of life, and then becoming places in which the quality of life can be improved. They focus on how cities have been made secure during times of instability, how their inhabitants have consumed everything from the simplest of foods to the most expensive luxuries, and how they have been planned as ideal spaces.[more]

GUHP profile:Lincoln Editor website:Lincoln,Xu

"Alexandria, 1898: Nodes, Networks, and Scales in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt,"
Comparative Studies in Society and History

by Lucia Carminati, History,Arizona
Vol. 59, no. 1 January 2017, 127-153


In October 1898, the Italian vice-consul in Alexandria charged a group of Italians with participating in an anarchist plot to attack German Emperor Wilhelm II during his planned tour through Egypt and Palestine. This collective arrest produced unexpected outcomes, left a trail of multi-lingual documents, and illuminated specific forms of late nineteenth-century Mediterranean migration. Anarchists were among those who frequently crossed borders and they were well aware of and connected to what was happening elsewhere: they sent letters, circulated manifestos, raised and transported money, and helped fugitive comrades. They maintained nodes of subversion and moved along circuits of solidarity.[more]

GUHP profile,Author website


The Freedom of the Streets.org

The Freedom of the Streets.org analyses the gendering of urban space in the early modern city. It is widely held that between 1600 and 1850, women gradually withdrew from the public sphere of the street and moved to the private sphere of the home. This powerful narrative, linked to theories of modernisation, has created a conceptual stranglehold that sees public space as exclusively male and private space as entirely female, thereby obscuring the actual workings of gender in pre-industrial urban societies.[more]



This is the second issue of the series.







Prize Winner   Cities in Motion: Urban Life and Cosmopolitanism in Southeast Asia, 1920–1940
Winner of the2015–2016 Urban History Association Best Book Award
by Su Lin Lewis (Modern Global History,Bristol)
(Cambridge University Press, 2016)

In the 1920s and 1930s, the port-cities of Southeast Asia were staging grounds for diverse groups of ordinary citizens to experiment with modernity, as a rising Japan and American capitalism challenged the predominance of European empires after the First World War. Both migrants and locals played a pivotal role in shaping civic culture. Moving away from a nationalist reading of the period, Su Lin Lewis explores layers of cross-cultural interaction in various spheres: the urban built environment, civic associations, print media, education, popular culture and the emergence of the modern woman.[more]

GUH blog entry,GUHP profile,Author website

Brand New   Making Cities Global:
The Transnational Turn in Urban History

Edited by Nancy H. Kwak (History, UC San Diego)
and A. K. Sandoval-Strausz (History, Penn State, as of 2018)
Foreword by Thomas J. Sugrue
(University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017)


In recent decades, hundreds of millions of people across the world have moved from rural areas to metropolitan regions, some of them crossing national borders on the way. While urbanization and globalization are proceeding with an intensity that seems unprecedented, these are only the most recent iterations of long-term transformations—cities have for centuries served as vital points of contact between different peoples, economies, and cultures. Making Cities Global explores the intertwined development of urbanization and globalization using a historical approach that demonstrates the many forms transnationalism has taken, each shaped by the circumstances of a particular time and place.[more]

GUH blog, GUHP profile:Kwak,Sandoval-Strausz,
Editor webites:Kwak,Sandoval-Strausz


Brand New What's In A Name?
Talking About Urban Peripheries

Edited by Richard Harris (Geography, McMaster) and Charlotte Vorms (History, Paris-Sorbonne)
(University of Toronto Press, 2017)


In What’s in a Name? editors Richard Harris and Charlotte Vorms have gathered together experts from around the world in order to provide a truly global framework for the study of the urban periphery. Rather than view these distinct communities through the lens of the western notion of urban sprawl, the contributors focus on the variety of everyday terms that are used, together with their connotations. This volume explores the local terminology used in cities such as Beijing, Bucharest, Montreal, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Sofia, as well as more broadly across North America, Australia, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. What’s in a Name? is the first book in English to pay serious and sustained attention to the naming of the urban periphery worldwide. By exploring the ways in which local individuals speak about the urban periphery Harris and Vorms bridge the assumed divide between the global North and the global South. [more]

GUHP profile:Harris Editor websites:Harris,Vorms

"Urbanism and Exchange in the North Atlantic/Baltic, 600–1000 CE,"
inT. Hodos (ed.),The Routledge Handbook of Archaeology and Globalization

by Søren M. Sindbæk (Medieval Archaeology,Aarhus)
(Routledge, 2016)


Throughout most of the first millennium AD, societies in Scandinavia and around the Baltic Sea operated beyond the world of walled cities, professional armies, taxes and record-keeping bureaucracies, which had shaped the social order across much of Europe since at least the Roman conquests. Even so, Northern Europe had an outstanding geographical potential: This was a realm of islands and peninsulas bordering several great seas. This study surveys the process of urbanization and network formation which was catalyzed when, in the latter half of the first millennium CE, the technology of sea transport expanded, and connectivity became the basis of a trajectory of cultural change.[more]

GUHP profile,Author webiste


Lagos Studies Association
GUHP salutes the brand-new Lagos Studies Association. We admire your energy and wish you well in your Annual Lagos Conferences and your Global Lagos Symposia.

Established in 2017, the Lagos Studies Association is an international, interdisciplinary organization of academic and non-academic practitioners whose interest focus on Lagos and its peoples. Our members include scholars, students, activists, artists, teachers, donors, policymakers, and development professionals. Through exchanges between academic and non-academic practitioners, we anticipate deepening the rigor of contemporary scholarship as well as encouraging the integration of critical and thought-provoking questions into non-academic projects on Lagos.[more]


This is the first issue of the series.

Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of Empire
by Coll Thrush, Associate Professor of History
University of British Columbia
(Yale University Press, 2016)


An imaginative retelling of London’s history, framed through the experiences of Indigenous travelers who came to the city over the course of more than five centuries. London is famed both as the ancient center of a former empire and as a modern metropolis of bewildering complexity and diversity. In Indigenous London, historian Coll Thrush offers an imaginative vision of the city's past crafted from an almost entirely new perspective: that of Indigenous children, women, and men who traveled there, willingly or otherwise, from territories that became Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States, beginning in the sixteenth century.[more]

GUHP profile,Author website

Brand New!   To Be Free and French: Citizenship in France’s Atlantic Empire
by Lorelle D. Semley, Associate Professor of History
College of the Holy Cross
(Cambridge University Press, 2017)


The enduring symbol of the Haitian Revolution has long inspired subjects of French empire in the Americas and Africa struggling to define freedom and 'Frenchness' for themselves, but Lorelle Semley reveals that this event was just one moment in a longer struggle for rights during French colonial rule. Focusing on urban enclaves on both sides of the Atlantic, Semley examines the ways in which colonial subjects used methods ranging from armed struggle to literary expression to challenge and exploit the promises of French Republican rhetoric. Often during moments of crisis shaped by the social and physical landscape of their urban environment, they defined an alternative French citizenship, which recognized difference, particularly race, as part of a 'universal'; French identity. Spanning Atlantic port cities in Haiti, Senegal, Martinique, Benin, and France, this book is not only a study in Atlantic urban history but it is also major contribution to scholarship on citizenship, race, empire, and gender that sheds new light on human rights and immigration debates in contemporary France.[more]

GUHP profile,Author website


Brand New! Emotional Cities: Debates on Urban Change in Berlin and Cairo, 1860-1910
by Joseph Ben Prestel, Assistant Professor of History
The Free University of Berlin
(Oxford Univeresity Press, 2017)


Emotional Cities offers an innovative account of the history of cities in the second half of the nineteenth century. Analyzing debates about emotions and urban change, it questions the assumed dissimilarity of the history of European and Middle Eastern cities during this period. The author shows that between 1860 and 1910, contemporaries in both Berlin and Cairo began to negotiate the transformation of the urban realm in terms of emotions.[more]

GUH blog entry,GUHP profile,Author website








"The Sundry Acquaintances of Dr. Albino Z. Sycip: Exploring the Shanghai-Manila Connection, circa 1910–1940"

by Phillip Guingona, Assistant Professor of History
Wells College
Journal of World History, vol. 27, no. 1 (2016): 27-52


This microhistorical account of the understudied Philippine-Chinese leader Albino Z. Sycip explores the many early twentieth-century connections between Shanghai and Manila that he fostered and represented. Coming from an elite background that linked him with influential people in the United States, China, and the Philippines, Sycip built a transnational network of acquaintances.[more]

GUHP profile









SACRPH
Society for American City and Regional Planning History

GUHP salutes our dear colleagues at SACRPH on the final run-up to the organization’s Biennial National Conference on Planning HistoryHistoryin Cleveland, Ohio fromOctober 26-29. We are grateful for SACRPH’s kind invitation to hold our first Roundtable on Global Urban History at the conference on Saturday, the 28th from2:30pm to 4:15pm.

The Society for American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) is an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to promoting scholarship on the planning of cities and metropolitan regions over time, and to bridging the gap between the scholarly study of cities and the practice of urban planning. {more] on main web site. The organization’s members come from a range of professions and areas of interest, and include historians, architects, planners, environmentalists, landscape designers, public policy makers, preservationists, community organizers, and students and scholars from across the country and around the world. [more]