Industrial giants: emerging on the back of history

Anne Power, Jörg Plö and Astrid Winkler

in Phoenix cities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302964 | DOI:
Industrial giants: emerging on the back of history

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This chapter examines the rapid rise to dominance of the seven European cities and discusses their historical importance. It explains that these cities played many different, intrinsically transforming industrial tasks over the period of Europe's greatest manufacturing growth in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and came to dominate national economies as a result of their prolific output. The chapter discusses how these cities lost their core economic rationale, prominence, and political weight over the thirty-year period up to 2000.

Keywords: European cities; industrial tasks; manufacturing growth; economic rationale; political weight; prolific output

Chapter.  4957 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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