What is a global city? Why globalisation needs ‘nodes’? How have cities shaped the world and people’s lives since the industrial revolution? Have cities changed in nature of time? Does a city need to be ‘big’ to be a global city? Have technologies reinforced or weakened the position of global cities?
1. Key Readings
Ho-fung Hung and Shaohua Zhan, ‘Industrialization and the City: East and West’, in Peter Clark, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013). [HT111.O94]. Also available as an E-Book.
Xiangming Chen and Henry Fitts, ‘Contemporary Metropolitan Cities’, in Peter Clark, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2013) – E-Book.
2. London as a Global City
Read ‘Special Report: London’, The Economist, 30th June 2012 and find a primary source on London’s historical position as a ‘global city.
3. Three Global Cities
Work in groups (of 2 ) and consider one ‘global’ city each (excluding London) in particular:
- Why is this city global? (geographical position? population size? cultural influence? Etc.)
- Has its global position changed over time?
- How does this city shape the key globalizing forces (economics, business, institutions, etc.)