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The Evolution of Human Settlements

From Pleistocene Origins to Anthropocene Prospects

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  • Provides a coherent model with which to obtain an overview of the natural and social histories of diverse human societies throughout the world
  • Establishes context through background information about humans before settlements, the advent of permanent human settlements, and the change from settlements to civilizations
  • Synthesizes literature from multiple disciplines to describe the features of humans and human societies

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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.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Background and Theory

  2. The Prehistoric World: Human Origins of Settlement Systems

  3. Elements of the Great Transition

  4. Prospects for Settlement Systems at the Beginning of the Anthropocene

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland, USA

    William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson

About the authors

William M. Bowen is Professor of Urban Studies and Public Administration at Cleveland State University, USA.


Robert E. Gleeson is Professor and Albert A. Levin Chair of Urban Studies and Public Service at Cleveland State University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Evolution of Human Settlements

  • Book Subtitle: From Pleistocene Origins to Anthropocene Prospects

  • Authors: William M. Bowen, Robert E. Gleeson

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95034-1

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-95033-4Published: 16 August 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-06960-5Published: 31 January 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-95034-1Published: 03 August 2018

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 309

  • Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Urban Studies/Sociology

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