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A History of Future Cities

A History of Future Cities

作者 : Daniel Brook

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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定價 : NT 595

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美國亞馬遜書店當月選書!一趟探索城市身世與全球化進程的精彩歷程,帶我們深入四個東西文化交融碰撞、引領未來的城市:聖彼得堡、上海、孟買以及杜拜。
 
每個月,有五百萬人口從過去流向未來,他們湧入發展中國家的「速成城市」,像是杜拜或是深圳,而這些都市的外來人口即將會面對一個由西方文化斷片組成、他們未曾見識過的現代世界。這些發展迅速的城市是否象徵了一個美好的新世界?又或者這些人人稱羨的美好只是幻象?
 
 
本書作者Daniel Brook是一位記者,他的報導文章散見於《哈潑雜誌》、《The Nation》、《外交政策(Foreign Policy)》等雜誌。他在書中以生動文筆融合了歷史與報導文學,帶領讀者深入全球幾個主要的都會重鎮,這幾個地方在過去是仿效西方國家大都市的「速成城市」,像是聖彼得堡、上海和孟買,讀者可看到在過去這些城市如何為未來進行「彩排」,迎接即將到來的21世紀。作者並在書中提出這樣的論點:要了解當今世界新興都市的趨勢走向,必須要先了解西方世界在過去數百年來,對於發展中國家城市帶來的深遠、同時充滿衝突的影響。
 
 
全球城市現代化背後的動力都和「西化」脫不了關係。讀者在書中可以看到18世紀俄國的彼得大帝,以阿姆斯特丹為範本打造了新的俄國首都,他堅信藉此可以讓俄國邁入現代國家;19世紀的上海逐漸轉變成一個英語普及,向西方看齊的大都會,是當時全世界發展最為快速的城市;在同一時期,孟買則是在帝國主義者的手中轉型成熱帶地區的倫敦。
 
這本書精彩呈現幾個重要城市歷史與全球化漫長的進程,讓讀者得以藉由深入歷史進而展望未來,同時讓我們看到亞洲城市的無限可能。

 
One of The Washington Post's "Favorite Books of 2013"

A pioneering exploration of four cities where East meets West and past becomes future: St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai, and Dubai.

Every month, five million people move from the past to the future. Pouring into developing-world “instant cities” like Dubai and Shenzhen, these urban newcomers confront a modern world cobbled together from fragments of a West they have never seen. Do these fantastical boomtowns, where blueprints spring to life overnight on virgin land, represent the dawning of a brave new world? Or is their vaunted newness a mirage?
In a captivating blend of history and reportage, Daniel Brook travels to a series of major metropolitan hubs that were once themselves instant cities— St. Petersburg, Shanghai, and Mumbai—to watch their “dress rehearsals for the twenty-first century.” Understanding today’s emerging global order, he argues, requires comprehending the West’s profound and conflicted influence on developing-world cities over the centuries.

In 1703, Tsar Peter the Great personally oversaw the construction of a new Russian capital, a “window on the West” carefully modeled on Amsterdam, that he believed would wrench Russia into the modern world. In the nineteenth century, Shanghai became the fastest-growing city on earth as it mushroomed into an English-speaking, Western-looking metropolis that just happened to be in the Far East. Meanwhile, Bombay, the cosmopolitan hub of the British Raj, morphed into a tropical London at the hands of its pith-helmeted imperialists.

Juxtaposing the stories of the architects and authoritarians, the artists and revolutionaries who seized the reins to transform each of these precociously modern places into avatars of the global future, Brook demonstrates that the drive for modernization was initially conflated with wholesale Westernization. He shows, too, the ambiguous legacy of that emulation—the birth (and rebirth) of Chinese capitalism in Shanghai, the origins of Bollywood in Bombay’s American-style movie palaces, the combustible mix of revolutionary culture and politics that rocked the Russian capital—and how it may be transcended today.

A fascinating, vivid look from the past out toward the horizon, A History of Future Cities is both a crucial reminder of globalization’s long march and an inspiring look into the possibilities of our Asian Century.
12 illustrations; 4 maps
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