M. E. Sharpe, a well-regarded academic publisher, invites contributing authors for The City and Urban Life, a three-volume, large-format reference work to be published in 2007. The City will deliver accurate information about urban institutions and urban society. A comprehensive study, The City will trace the development of urban places on all continents from the first cities to the present day.
Essays already have been received from more than 150 distinguished scholars from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Japan. However, there still are opportunities to contribute either a Chronological Overview or City Descriptions (or both), which are described below.
Contributors will have expertise in such areas as history, geography, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology; an academic affiliation is not required. Since they are up-to-date on the sources for their field, graduate students and recent Ph.D.s are welcomed as authors. Each contributor will receive full credit as author, a monetary payment, and/or a complete set copy of The City.
Throughout history, urban places have developed and evolved as part of larger social communities. Thus the essays will be presented in 28 separate sections, each devoted to one geographical/cultural region. For each region, The City will present two types of essays. (1) Longer Chronological Overviews will describe institutions and historical developments shared by all cities in that region. (2) Briefer Individual City Descriptions will deal with one specific city or site. There are no "topical" essays nor essays on the provinces within a region. Or--to put it more accurately--all important topics will be discussed within the context of a Chronological Overview or City Description.
(1) Each geographical section thus will begin with a Chronological Overview, from 7,000 to 30,000 words in length. Authors may contribute either the entire Overview or a section of the Overview describing a specific historical era. (2) Each section will continue with description of individual cities, varying from 150 to 2,000 words.
No existing book offers either compressive essays about specific regions or compact, accurate descriptions of significant cities. Thus each of these will be useful in itself, and it also is intended that the two sections work together synergistically.
A complete list of the geographical sections is available-- as is also additional information (1) describing the scope of the introductory essay(s), (2) listing the names of cities that will be the subject of individual descriptive entries, and (3) providing Guidelines for Authors.
Please contact Dr Jan Rogozinski, the General Editor, attaching a cv and indicating which geographical regions or countries you are interested in writing about.
Post Office Box 350653
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 33335-0653
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