Description - War and the City by Gregory J. Ashworth
Cities have evolved from small urban systems designed to withstand attack from without. The demands of the modern city have shifted the focus to the dangers of internal violence. War and the City analyses the role of the cities in war and the effects of war on cities. Greg Ashworth examines the relationship between war - as an activity - and cities - as particular spatial settings. The author brings together the characteristics of cities and the defence function, arguing that the two have an important influence on each other. Defence has long been a priority for urban planners. It has often shaped the choice of location and site, architecture and physical form and even the organisation of urban societies. Similarly cities have influenced the shape of conflict, both in external attack and internal insurrection, at times having both active and passive roles. Political, social, economic and technological change have influenced urban development. Greg Ashworth synthesizes military history and the geography of urban defence to question both the past and the future of the city at war.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
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