North America

Carl Abbott

in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History

Published in print February 2013 | ISBN: 9780199589531
Published online April 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

North America

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This article begins with a description of the North American cities of the pre-industrial era. It then discusses nineteenth-century economic expansion, the internal social dynamics of growing industrial and commercial centres, and changing growth patterns with the rise of the automobile. The last section examines the new urbanization dynamics that have led to the twenty-first century metropolis.

Keywords: Canada; United States; urbanization; economic expansion; automobiles; urban development; urban system

Article.  8472 words. 

Subjects: History ; History of the Americas

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