Departmental Papers (City and Regional Planning)

Document Type

Book Chapter

Date of this Version

August 1987


Reprinted from American Urbanism: A Historical Review, edited by Howard Gillette, Jr., and Zane L. Miller, (New York: Greenwood Press), 1987, pages 135-153.


Although many Anglo-American social historians would like to believe that they have invented planning history, their assumption is incorrect. The field has deeper roots. Its earliest practitioners - architects, archaeologists and classicists - engaged in questions of urban design, the origin of cities and urbanization.



Date Posted: 02 April 2007