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City, Civility and Capitalism : A Historical Perspective

This anthology explores how Architecture, Urban Planning and Trade have contributed to Civility and Political order. Using Renaissance Italy, where the first trading town was born, as a starting point, the writers bring us on a journey to modern cities and societies. How can we create urban environments where the individual can flourish? Can townscapes in their own right generate happiness, and what role does architecture and trade play in creating civilised societies?

  • ISBN: 9789189069145
  • Published: 2020-12-18
  • Graphic design: Patric LeoPetra Ahston Inkapööl
  • Illustrated. 178x249x19 mm. 140 pages.


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Mattias Hessérus is a historian and Director of Civilisation Studies at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation.


Anne Fairfax is an American architect and planner, maintaining offices in New York and Palm Beach, Florida.

Antony Molho is a historian and Emeritus Professor of History and Civilisation at the European University Institute and The David Herlihy University Professor and Emeritus Professor of History at Brown University.

Erica Benner is a political philosopher who has held academic posts at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford; the London School of Economics and Yale University.

John Simpson is an architect and one of the leading practitioners of new classicism.
Juliet Samuel is a journalist living in the UK.

Kjell A. Nordström is a business guru and one of Europe’s leading researchers on multinational companies and the global market.

Maurizio Viroli is an academic, essayist, author and philosopher.

Nicholas Boys Smith is the director of Create Streets, and has written widely on the history of planning and on the links between design and well-being.

Yolande Barnes is chair of The Bartlett Real Estate Institute, and has been examining and analysing real estate markets since 1986.

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