Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Story of Cities: Terrific Short Histories

Fifty cities. Fifty amazing stories!

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.

1 comment:

Ryann P said...

Hi George. Thanks for sharing this. It's a great resource for different history courses at different levels! I especially like your idea of using them as part of a jigsaw activity- I feel that's a great way to incorporate them into the classroom. I enjoy checking out your blog and all the different resources and tools you share!