The history in urban studies: A comment

Richard Harris, Michael Smith

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A recent survey of the field of urban studies in this journal downplayed or overlooked the significance of urban history. In fact textbook coverage, and an analysis of urban publications in the Web of Science database, indicate that historical research has always played a major role in the field. For three reasons, it always should: the past shapes the present; the study of change encourages critical understanding; and the past offers many examples for use in comparative analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-105
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Urban Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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