By Aidan Southall

This formidable research treats urbanization and urbanism around the globe, and from the earliest occasions to the current. Professor Southall, a pioneer within the learn of African towns, discusses the city facilities of historic, medieval and glossy towns. Drawing on an historic and comparative standpoint, he bargains a clean research of worldwide urbanization within the modern interval of globalization. in the course of the publication, he emphasizes the iconic paradox of town, which juxtaposes best suited cultural productions with the poverty and deprivation of the bulk.

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Jarmo with its cluster of packed clay houses, wheat, barley, domestic goats, sheep, pigs and somewhat later pottery, and its 3,000 year long continuous occupation, though 'inadequately excavated and still unpublished' (Mellaart, 1967:22), has seemed significant for the emergence of urban life because of its proximity to the foothills from which the villagers may have descended into Mesopotamia to inaugurate the known epoch of continuous urban development. It is thought 'roughly contemporary with Jericho and Qatal Hiiyiik' (Adams, 1972:967).

Once peaceful communities now entered upon an era of internecine strife. Perhaps they were still constrained by ritual conventions. The cities of Umma and Lagash fought over fertile border land and its produce for generations. Other rulers tried to mediate in vain. When the king of Umma attacked the king of Lagash, forced his head under the yoke and led him to the gate of the god Enlil at Nippur, something other than naked aggression was afoot. Corporate patrilineal kin groups held most of the land.

Jericho with its extraordinary spring in the midst of arid terrain seems to have attracted unusual settlement by mesolithic hunters in flimsy huts even in the tenth millennium and by the ninth produced a massive stone wall with at least one tower,1 and round, domed, brick houses, which Kenyon (1957,1981) claims as a town of 2,000 to 3,000 people, without pottery, but with the earliest wheat and barley known and perhaps the necessity of irrigation. New settlers in the eighth millennium produced more elaborate, many roomed rectangular houses, but still lacked pottery, and were followed by a long break in occupation.

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