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Urban World History

An Economic and Geographical Perspective

  • Presents a very original vision of urban world history

  • Traces a spatial logic in world history

  • Contributes to the debate about the respective impacts of geography and culture on the world history evolution


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 1-13
  3. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 81-93
  4. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 121-129
  5. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 165-174
  6. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 175-212
  7. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 297-313
  8. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 363-368
  9. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 369-387
  10. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 389-404
  11. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 405-417
  12. Luc-Normand Tellier
    Pages 419-427
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 429-463

About this book


This book seeks to deepen readers’ understanding of world history by investigating urbanization and the evolution of urban systems, as well as the urban world, from the perspective of historical analysis. The theoretical framework of the approach stems directly from space-economy, and, more generally, from location theory and the theory of urban systems.
The author explores a certain logic to be found in world history, and argues that this logic is spatial (in terms of spatial inertia, spatial trends, attractive and repulsive forces, vector fields, etc.) rather than geographical (in terms of climate, precipitation, hydrography). Accordingly, the book puts forward a truly original vision of urban world history, one that will benefit economists, historians, regional scientists, and anyone with a healthy curiosity.


Urban History World History Space-economy Urban Systems Regional Development

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Urban Studies and TourismUniversity of Quebec at MontrealMontrealCanada

About the authors

Luc-Normand Tellier obtained a Ph.D. in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. He founded the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism of the University of Quebec at Montreal in 1976. He is the author of numerous books in regional science, as well as in French and Canadian history, and he has published in international journals such as the Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science Policy and Practice, Geographical Analysis, and Environment and Planning A. He received the title of Professor Emeritus in 2012.

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