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The Evolution of Human Settlements

From Pleistocene Origins to Anthropocene Prospects

  • William M. Bowen
  • Robert E. Gleeson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Background and Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 3-20
    3. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 21-42
  3. The Prehistoric World: Human Origins of Settlement Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 45-72
    3. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 73-94
    4. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 95-122
  4. Elements of the Great Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 153-179
    3. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 181-199
    4. William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson
      Pages 201-224
  5. Prospects for Settlement Systems at the Beginning of the Anthropocene

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-309

About this book

Introduction

This book analyzes the history and development of settlements—from the earliest periods in human history to the present day—from a Darwinian evolutionary perspective. At the foundation of the evolutionary model is the argument that the human capacity for complex communication and unique problem-solving ability have led to the formation and reality of the modern city and its scaled-up megacity status. While evolutionary theory forms the platform for the book’s argument, general systems theory provides the operational framework for the organization and interpretations of each chapter. Throughout the book, the authors tackle various issues, questions, and possibilities regarding the future development and evolution of human settlements.

Keywords

Urban Studies Urban Development Urbanism Human Settlements Anthropocene Urban Regions Urban Geography Urban Planning History of Geography Urban Theory Human Ecology Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • William M. Bowen
    • 1
  • Robert E. Gleeson
    • 2
  1. 1.Cleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA
  2. 2.Cleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95034-1
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-95033-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-95034-1
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