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Quick review: Worth reading. This book made me think hard about what constitutes a "city" and what uses humans have for urban environments, particularly in the pre-modern eras. The prose is very straightforward and a little clunky, but it serves the task of the author well. I think there are some gaps in her arguments, but the way that Coquery-Vidrovitch goes through the evidence for cities and their uses, particularly before the European colonial era, is both informative and thought-provoking.