We are an urban nation and have been so, officially at least, since the early twentieth century. But long before then, our cities played crucial roles in the economic and political development of the nation, as magnets for immigrants from here and abroad, and as centers of culture and innovation. They still do. Yet, the discipline that we call "Urban History" is really a phenomenon of post World War II scholarship. A two volume A to Z encyclopedia covering the rise of urban America consisting of 450 entries with over 200 contributors. Urban history is a very vast topic and this encyclopedia presents the essential topics in a concise, readable and a authoritative format.
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