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Urban Modernity
Author: Miriam R. Levin

ISBN: 9780262013987
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 13 May 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51 x 2.54
Description:
At the close of the nineteenth century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. "Urban Modernity" examines the construction of an urban-centered, industrial-based culture--an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The authors show that this invention of modernity was brought about through the efforts of urban elites--businessmen, industrialists, and officials--to establish new science- and technology-related institutions. International expositions, museums, and other such institutions and projects helped stem the economic and social instability fueled by industrialization, projecting contemporary developments as part of a steady continuum of scientific and technical progress. The authors examine the dynamic that connectied urban planning, museums, educational institutions, and expositions in Paris, London, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo from 1870 to 1930. In Third Republic Paris, politicians, administrators, social scientists, architects, and engineers implemented a new form of the city through a series of commissions, agencies, and organizations; in rapidly expanding Lo...

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