An Urban History of China

  • Chonglan Fu
  • Wenming Cao

Part of the China Connections book series (CC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. History of Urban Habitation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 3-18
    3. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 19-32
    4. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 33-52
    5. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 67-88
    6. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 89-97
  3. History of Chinese Urban Public Squares

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 145-156
    3. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 243-272
    4. Chonglan Fu, Wenming Cao
      Pages 273-283
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 285-317

About this book


This book considers urban development in China, highlighting links between China’s history and civilization and the rapid evolution of its urban forms. It explores the early days of urban dwelling in China, progressing to an analysis of residential environments in the industrial age. It also examines China’s modern and postmodern architecture, considered as derivative or lacking spiritual meaning or personality, and showcases how China's traditional culture underpins the emergence of China’s modern cities. Focusing on the notion of “courtyard spirit” in China, it offers a study of the urban public squares central to Chinese society, and examines the disruption of the traditional Square model and the rise and growth of new architectural models.


History and China’s Urban Development Urban Planning and Architecture in China China and Modern and Postmodern Architecture Chinese Philosophical Thought and Chinese Urban Planning Urban Planning and Modern Chinese Society

Authors and affiliations

  • Chonglan Fu
    • 1
  • Wenming Cao
    • 2
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Criminology CollegePeople’s Public Security University of ChinaBeijingChina

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