Cities have played a major role in global history. This is especially true in the Western Hemisphere, home to some of the world's oldest and densest urban environments. And yet, despite a long tradition in urban studies among scholars working on the United States, Canada, and Latin America, few authors have explored the cities of the Western Hemisphere in a cohesive and unifying manner. Studies that have attempted to weave together the histories of North and South American cities tend to highlight difference and downplay commonalities. Fortunately, this trend is reversing as new works focusing on the shared experience of urban dwellers across the Americas are emerging. One vital contribution in the effort to bridge this historiographical gap is New World Cities: Challenges of Urbanization and Globalization in the Americas, edited by John Tutino and Martin V. Melosi.

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