Barcelona (Cities in World History)

Gary McDonogh and Sergi Martínez-Rigol

Barcelona has existed as a settlement for two millennia. Early civilizations shaped the city before it achieved, in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, global power as a trading metropolis and empire capital. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the city became an industrial and commercial powerhouse, center of culture, and home to revolutionaries and anarchists. Creativity and conflict continued to shape Barcelona in the 20th century, as its citizens faced the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s dictatorship. Linking social and cultural currents to Barcelona’s architectural and experiential heritage, Barcelona reveals the hidden history of an elusive city. (Polity, 2018)

Gary McDonogh is Helen Herrmann Chair and Professor of Growth and Structure of Cities at Bryn Mawr College.

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