Cities of Power: The Urban, the National, the Popular and the Global
Studies the correlations of urbanization, nationalism, people movements, and globalization that transform world’s capital cities. Looks at various kind of nation-state with its own capital city’s problems. Demonstrates how radical shifts impacted the cities’ development, such as urban life, modernity, political powers, and global capitalism. Exhibits lessons of national foundations in Europe from pre-nation cities to princely sovereignty with city politics and city space. Looks at settler secession cases of British and American under socio-cultural and political factors. Explores national foundations under colonialism reinforced by British empire in South Asia, Dutch East India Company and United State imperialism in Southeast Asia, as well as French colonialism in Africa. Mentions reactive modernization in various cities, such as Tokyo, Bangkok, Istanbul, Ankara, Tehran, and Addis Ababa. Depicts an evolution of new capitals, roles of civil society, and people rising in modern urban history, such as European working-class municipal socialism, welfare-state urbanism, American populism and racial rehabilitation, urban reform in Latin-America, urban rebellion, and urban revolution. Mentions the change due to the rise and fall of fascism and military dictatorships, Communism, and economic growth, along with foreseeing the future of national capitals and people mobility.