Tuesday, March 22, 2016
The Story of Cities: Terrific Short Histories
The Guardian initiated earlier this month a 50-part series "charting the planet's urbanization." They have released seven stories so far including histories of Alexandria, Rome, Bagdad, Bejing, Benin, Potosí.
Former Guardian correspondent, Jack Shenker, is writing the series.
The stories are relatively short and include terrific maps and images. I read two of them--the one about Potosi and the other about Bagdad.
Both are readable and suitable for students. In fact, they might work as a jigsaw, or perhaps as a single reading assignment. Potosí would certainly work in AP World in the 1450 to 1750 period.
My thanks to Bram Hubbell for tweeting the link to this series.
Posted by George Coe at 8:17 AM