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Free download ¹ A History of Future Cities ´ Every month five million people move from the past to the future Pouring into developing world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen Do these fantastical boomtowns where blueprint Every month five million people move from the past to the future Pouring into developing world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen Do these fantastical boomtowns where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land represent the dawning of a brave new world Or is their vaunted newness a mirageIn a captivating blend of history and reportage Daniel Brook travels to a series of major metropolitan hubs that were once themselves instant cities St Petersburg Shanghai and Mumbai to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty first century” Understanding today’s emerging global order he argues reuir.

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A History of Future CitiesWho seized the reins to transform each of these precociously modern places into avatars of the global future Brook demonstrates that the drive for modernization was initially conflated with wholesale Westernization He shows too the ambiguous legacy of that emulation the birth and rebirth of Chinese capitalism in Shanghai the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American style movie palaces the combustible mix of revolutionary culture and politics that rocked the Russian capital and how it may be transcended todayA fascinating vivid look from the past out toward the horizon A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization’s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Centu. Absolutely fantasti