Oscar Handlin

  • The Historian and the City

    Oscar Handlin and John E. Burchard

    An unprecedented twentyfold growth of the world's largest cities since 1800 suggests that the city has become both the site and the symbol of modern civilization. Although cities have been examined from many special points of view, they have never received the cross-disciplinary study which their significance deserves. Why have some cities flourished while others declined; do universal economic laws govern urban development; what has “city living” meant to millions now dead; why has the pace of cultural creativity quickened and slowed within the life histories of so many cities?

    Such questions call for a cooperative consideration of the city by sociologists, historians, economists, philosophers, city planners, and political scientists.

    In 1961, twenty distinguished specialists in these disciplines met at Cambridge to set forth and discuss their findings and conjectures on “The City in History.” The papers discussed at those meetings offer stimulating promise of a new comprehension and appreciation of the city – in concept and in practice.

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  • A Photographic History of Cambridge

    Patricia H. Rodgers and Charles M. Sullivan

    The 85 photographs selected for this book bring to life the city's rich ethnic, occupational, and architectural heritage.

    Cambridge, Massachusetts possesses a range of photographic documentation that is probably unparalleled for a city of its size. In 1980, The Photo Search Project, a community-sponsored effort led by the Cambridge Historical Commission, unearthed thousands of photographs in archives, attics, and family albums. The 85 selected for this book bring to life the city's rich ethnic, occupational, and architectural heritage. Dating from the 1840s to 1946, they provide not only an invaluable record of Cambridge's history but a review of a century of developments in popular photography as well. All of the photographs are captioned. An Introduction by Charles Sullivan discusses the development of photography in the city. The chapter on George K. Warren, Cambridge's foremost photographer in the late 19th century, and the index of Cambridge photographs will be especially useful to researchers and historians.

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