The Rise of the City, 1878–1898
Arthur Meier Schlesinger
Introduction by Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh
“The Rise of the City marks the invention of American urban history.” —Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh
Arthur Meier Schlesinger (1888–1965) was one of the most influential historians of the first half of the twentieth century. He encouraged new approaches to the study of history, and he played a founding role in the study of the city in American culture. His classic work, The Rise of the City, was first published in 1933 and was reprinted repeatedly during the next forty years. Beginning in the rural South and West and concluding with the triumph of urban civilization, Schlesinger definitively chronicled the fundamental shift from America as a rural agricultural society to America as an urban industrial center. He further suggested that the cities, not Frederick Jackson Turner’s frontier, have shaped our nation’s story. Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh has written a new introduction for this edition, placing Schlesinger’s achievements in the context of the development of American urban studies.
Arthur Meier Schlesinger was born in Xenia, Ohio, and
educated at The Ohio State University, where he taught from 1912 to 1919.
After several years at the University of Iowa, he moved to Harvard University,
where he taught until his retirement in 1954. Andrea Tuttle Kornbluh
is an associate professor of history at Raymond Walters College, University of
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