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posted on 2016-06-08, 10:04 authored by Toby Lincoln, Xu Tao
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. Drawing examples from across the country, this book offers comparisons between different cities, highlights continuities across time and space and in doing so may provide solutions to some of the problems that continue to affect Chinese cities today."

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Lincoln, T;Tao, X, Introduction, (eds) T. Lincoln;X. Tao, The Habitable City in China: Urban History in the Twentieth Century (Politics and Development of Contemporary China), Palgrave, 2017 ed. Edition

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of History

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Palgrave MacMillan

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978-1137554703;1137554703

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2016

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http://www.palgrave.com/us/

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This chapter is under embargo for 36 months from the date of first publication.

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