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

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

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Just Out
The Routledge Handbook of Planning History

Edited by Carola Hein, Architecture,
Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
(Routledge, 2017)

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Historyoffers a comprehensive interdisciplinary overview of planning history since its emergence in the late 19th century, investigating the history of the discipline, its core writings, key people, institutions, vehicles, education, and practice. Combining theoretical, methodological, historical, comparative, and global approaches to planning history, The Routledge Handbook of Planning History explores the state of the discipline, its achievements and shortcomings, and its future challenges.[more]

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In addition to the work of Carola Hein, note contributions by GUHP members Andre Sorensen, Nancy Kwak, Michael E. Smith, John and Margaret Gold, Russ Lopez, Dirk Schubert, Peter Larkham, Dieter Schott, Christopher Silver, and Eugenie Birch

Brand New Policing Transnational Protest: Liberal Imperialism and the Surveillance of Anticolonialists in Europe, 1905-1945
by Daniel Brückenhaus, History, Beloit (USA)
(Oxford, 2017)

Policing Transnational Protestoffers an original perspective on the history of police surveillance of anticolonial activists in France, Britain, and Germany in the first half of the twentieth century. Tracing the undertakings of anticolonial activists from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East in European cities and reconstructing the reaction of European governments, it illuminates the increasing cooperation of the police and secret services to monitor the activities of the "oriental revolutionaries" and curb their room to maneuver. But those efforts had an unintended inflammatory effect, provoking both supporters and opponents of colonial rule to understand this conflict in increasingly global and trans-imperial terms.[more]

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"The assassination of Eduardo Mondlane: FRELIMO, Tanzania, and the politics of exile in Dar es Salaam" inCold War History
by George Roberts, History, Warwick (UK)
Vol. 11, no. 1, Nov 2016, 1-19

This article, which is a sample from a longer monograph in preparation,uses the city of Dar es Salaam as an urban lens for understanding the politics of FRELIMO in exile and the assassination of its first president, Eduardo Mondlane, in 1969. By adopting a multiarchival technique, these narratives can be broken down to a micropolitical level, shedding light on the distribution of agency in the confluence of superpower rivalry and decolonisation in the Third World. The splits within the liberation movement can be explained via the intersection of internal disagreements, Cold War dynamics, and relations with the Tanzanian state, within the context of Dar es Salaam’s cosmopolitan public sphere.[more]

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Advanced Online Publication
“South African ‘Know-How’ and Israeli ‘Facts of Life’: The Planning of Afridar, Ashkelon, 1949-56” inPlanning Perspectives

by Ayala Levin, Art History, Northwestern (USA)
Forthcoming 2018

In 1949, in the newly founded state of Israel, South African architects Norman Hanson and Roy Kantorowich planned the city of Ashkelon and, within it, the exclusive neighbourhood unit Afridar. Managed by the South African Jewish Appeal, which initiated and funded the project, Afridar presented a radical exception to Israel’s centralized planning approach during that period. An early example of a semi-private settlement initiative for an ethnic and class-based enclave reserved for ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Jewish immigrants, it functioned as a ‘model town’ for the immigrant population from the Middle East and North Africa, which was housed by the government in the rest of the city of Ashkelon. Afridar’s enclave reproduced planning practices from South Africa, which had been coloured by race since the 1920s. Despite its exclusive image, it was modelled after progressive experiments in the design of Native Townships. Their main objective of such experiments was to improve the standards of housing of racially discriminated populations yet, in practice, they served as a tool to implement apartheid policies. This paper interrogates this ambivalence of social aspirations and complicity with state segregation practices through examining the translation of apartheid’s planning practices to the Israeli context, and the negotiations and conflicts this translation entailed.[Full text online]

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The Urban China Research Network

The Urban China Research Network (UCRN) promotes multidisciplinary research through international conferences, exchanges of faculty and students, establishment of working groups, and seed funding for new projects. Network members are at work on research projects ranging from urban morphology to the dynamics of rural-urban migration to issues concerning housing, crime and changing family structure within China.[more]

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This is the fifth in 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

Practicing Utopia:An Intellectual History of the New Town Movement
by Rosemary Wakeman, History, Fordham (USA)
(University of Chicago Press, 2016)

The typical town springs up around a natural resource—a river, an ocean, an exceptionally deep harbor—or in proximity to a larger, already thriving town. Not so with “new towns,” which are created by decree rather than out of necessity and are often intended to break from the tendencies of past development. New towns aren’t a new thing—ancient Phoenicians named their colonies Qart Hadasht, or New City—but these utopian developments saw a resurgence in the twentieth century.[more]

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Brand New Shaping Modern Shanghai: Colonialism in China's Global City
by Isabella Jackson, History, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
(Cambridge Press, 2017)

Shaping Modern Shanghaiprovides a new understanding of colonialism in China through a fresh examination of Shanghai's International Settlement. This was the site of key developments of the Republican period: economic growth, rising Chinese nationalism and Sino-Japanese conflict. Managed by the Shanghai Municipal Council (1854–1943), the International Settlement was beyond the control of the Chinese and foreign imperial governments. Jackson defines Shanghai's unique, hybrid form of colonial urban governance as transnational colonialism. The Council was both colonial in its structures and subject to colonial influence, especially from the British empire, yet autonomous in its activities and transnational in its personnel. This is the first in-depth study of how this unique body functioned on the local, national and international stages, revealing the Council's impact on the daily lives of the city's residents and its contribution to the conflicts of the period, with implications for the fields of modern Chinese and colonial history.[more]

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Brand New Chicago on the Make: Power and Inequality in a Modern City
by Andrew Diamond, History, Paris-Sorbonne (France)
(University of California Press, 2017)

Chicago on the Makeoffers a multi-layered history of the Windy City that fits within the same frame the microhistories of neighborhood formation and evolution, and the macrohistories of municipal politics and the structural transformations wrought by global capitalism. Its analysis contributes to the broader project of historicizing the evolution of urban societies during the neoliberal moment of capitalism, but, unlike previous accounts that have viewed the context of the mid 1970s as pivotal to a so-called "neoliberal turn," this new history of Chicago views neoliberalization as a process that unraveled gradually and unevenly over most of the twentieth century.[more]

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Brand New "What Is A Settler-Colonial City?"
Geography Compass

by David Hugill,Geography and Environmental Studies
Carleton University (Canada)
Vol. 11, no. 5 May, 2017

What is a “settler-colonial city” and how does it differ from other forms of imperial urban spatial organization? This article seeks to answer these questions by attempting to urbanize recent insights in settler-colonial theory. It begins by considering well-established theorizations of the “colonial city”—particularly those developed by geographers and urbanists in the 1970s and 1980s—in order to assess their suitability for analyses of contemporary settler-colonial milieu. Building on this discussion, the paper asks if and how the insights of settler-colonial theory offer new opportunities to renovate earlier theorizations in ways that are more explicitly relevant to making sense of the urban process in North America and other societies where colonists have “come to stay” and no formal process of decolonization has unfolded.[more]

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Global Urban History Blog

For our holiday greeting, Noteworthy salutes the intrepid threesome who bring us our veryownGlobal Urban History blog: Editor-Professors Michael Goebel, Tracy Neumann, and Joseph Ben Prestel. If you want to give yourself the gift of global urban history this coming new year, sign up as a followerhere. Among other things, you’ll be treated with Professor Cyrus Schayegh’s powerful and challenging recent post entitledTranspatialization: A New Heuristic Model to Think about Modern Cities.

This is the fourth in an ongoing series of profiles ofGUHPmembers' 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 ofGUHPin significant ways.

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

Brand New Homeland: Zionism as Housing Regime, 1860-2011
by Yael Allweil, Architecture, Technion IIT (Israel)
(Routledge, 2017)

On 29 March 2016 the New York based online journal, Realty Today reported ‘Israel is facing a housing crisis with …[the] home inventory lacking 100,000 apartments… House prices, which have more than doubled in less than a decade, resulted in a mass protest back in 2011’. As Yael Allweil reveals in her fascinating book, housing has played a pivotal role in the history of nationalism and nation building in Israel-Palestine. She adopts the concept of ‘homeland’ to highlight how land and housing are central to both Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, and how the history of Zionist and Palestinian national housing have been inseparably intertwined from the introduction of the Ottoman Land Code in 1858 to the present day.[more]

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Brand New Brahmin Capitalism:
Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age

by Noam Maggor, History, Cornell (USA)
(Harvard University Press, 2017)

Brahmin Capitalismexplores the transformation of Boston, previously the urban hub of a textile manufacturing region, into a major North American financial center in the late nineteenth century. It examines how a vanguard of gentlemen bankers mobilized to remake the city’s financial district into a base of operations for business ventures far and wide, particularly in the American West, and how their efforts collided with a competing vision of metropolitan development that was championed by a broad coalition of urban leaders. The book identifies city politics, not simply as derivative of an immutable process of global urbanization, but rather as a key arena where the institutional underpinnings of worldwide economic integration were contested and forged.[more]

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Brand New Waterfronts Revisited: European ports in a historic and global perspective
Edited by Heleni Porfyriou, Heritage Conservation,
and Marichela Sepe, History, National Research Council (Italy)
(Routledge, 2017)

Waterfronts Revisitedaddresses the historical evolution of the relationship between port and city and re-examines waterfront development by looking at the urban territory and historical city in their complexity and entirety. By identifying guiding values, urban patterns and typologies, and local needs and experiences, cities can break the isolation of the harbor by reconnecting it to the urban structure; its functions, spaces and forms. Using the UNESCO recommendation for the "Historic Urban Landscape" as the guiding concept and a tool for managing urban preservation and change, this collection of essays illustrates solutions to issues of globalisation, commercialization of space and commoditisation of culture in waterfront development.[more]

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"In Search of Frameworks for Productive Comparison of Cities in World History,"
Journal of Modern Chinese History

by Kristin Stapleton, History, SUNY Buffalo (USA)
Vol. 10, no. 2 September 2016, 230-247

In 2013,The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History, edited by Peter Clark, was published. Its 44 chapters (a total of 882 pages) aim to develop a framework for understanding urban history comparatively and over long spans of time. The authors of the four chronological chapters on Chinese cities attempt to achieve the following goals: to examine the diversity of Chinese cities over time, to analyze the characteristics of Chinese urban development in general, and to illuminate how changing Chinese cities and urban networks reflect and influence world trends. This essay discusses how theOxford Handbookcan serve as a guide and resource for meaningful urban comparisons and also highlights some of its limitations. It compares theOxford Handbookto a similar volume,The Routledge Handbook on Cities of the Global South, published in 2014. The essay encourages scholars of Chinese cities to consider widening the scope of their comparisons and contribute to scholarship on the development of urban systems worldwide.[more]

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Global Architectural History
Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC)

GAHTC had its origins in informal conversations between Mark Jarzombek and Vikramaditya Prakash, while they were at work on the second edition ofA Global History of Architecture(Ching, Jarzombek, Prakash; Wiley 2006, 2010). The purpose of that textbook, which was organized by time-cuts rather than, for example, nation-states or regions or styles, was to offer a framework for instructors in breaking free of the Eurocentric canonical categories that structure the current historiographical narrative. After the publication of the first edition, it became clear that the problem was not just which material to include, but also the deep-seated uncertainty of teachers in presenting this material. This was a problem particularly for junior faculty who are just starting their teaching careers, most of whom had limited exposure to the larger world of history outside of their Ph.D. preparation. And yet, these people were often tasked with preparing and presenting material that, however interesting, appeared strange and daunting to them, since it lay outside the zone of familiar 'research'.[more]

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