Titre du cours: 
A political history of the global city (13th-21st century)
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Cours, PSIA, Master in International Development

The phenomenon of “global cities” has become a mainstay of our current discussions of globalization, governance and sustainability. It has become commonplace to argue that the world is now largely organised around an archipelago of metropolis, and to describe capital cities as cultural centres that interact more between themselves than with their national or continental hinterlands. As true as this is, neither globalization nor global cities are new phenomena. Our course, then, seeks to participate in this discussion of global cities by providing an historical understanding of the Global City phenomenon. Drawing from the city-state of the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance to the cyber-city of the 21st century, it brings together work in urban history as well as political history to explore successive urban regimes, their cultures and their territorial frames. Since the Renaissance, the great explorations and the rise of modern capitalism, large metropolises have served as meeting and distribution points within processes of globalization. They have fostered new conceptions of urban identity and served as frameworks for organizing political and economic claims. From the commercial cities of Florence, Venice, Antwerp, and Amsterdam, to the imperial capitals of Paris, London and New York, and the new financial-tertiary centers of Tokyo and Shanghaï, metropolitan culture (including its political, economic, social and cultural valences) has been one of the essential forces in structuring globalization. Digging into the deep past of globalization, this module examines offers a comprehensive historical account of the emergence of metropolitan culture by focusing on the urban and cultural environments as well as the political structures and experiences of those who have lived in these cities.