Factors that have propelled New York, London, and Tokyo into key positions in the organization of the late twentieth century international system. Asks historical and comparative questions and discusses the reasons behind the diminished position of cities such as Venice, Vienna, and Istanbul in that system.
Changing role of cities in the international system. Factors that have propelled cities like New York, London and Tokyo into key positions in the organization of the late-twentieth century international system. Similarities and differences among these cities and between these and cities that played similar roles in previous centuries. The impact of information-based, city-centerd world on nation states and political sovereignty.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some background in internationals studies, history, or sociology is useful but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly reading assignments, short reports, a research paper, final exam.
Attendance, participation, grades on short papers, the research paper, and the final exam.