CATO Institute Publishes Centers Of Progress: 40 Cities That Changed The World – Journey Through Flash Points Of Modern Civilization’s Innovations

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Centers of Progress

40 Cities That Changed the World

Centers of Progress: 40 Cities That Changed the World takes readers on a journey through history’s greatest urban centers.

“In this superb book, Chelsea Follett takes the reader on a time-travel cruise through the great flash points of human activity to catch innovations that have transformed human lives.”

―from the foreword by Matt Ridley, bestselling author of The Rational Optimist, The Evolution of Everything, and How Innovation Works

Where does progress happen?

 


The story of civilization is the story of the city. It is cities that have created and defined the modern world by acting as the sites of pivotal advances in culture, politics, science, technology, and more. There is no question that certain places, at certain times in history, have contributed disproportionately toward making the world a better place.

 

In Centers of Progress: 40 Cities that Changed the World, Chelsea Follett examines a diverse group of cities, ranging from ancient Athens to Song-era Hangzhou. But some common themes stand out: most cities reach their creative peak during periods of peace; most centers of progress also thrive during times of social, intellectual, and economic freedom, as well as openness to intercultural exchange and trade; and centers of progress tend to be highly populated. Because, in every city, it is ultimately the people who live there who drive progress forward―if given the freedom to do so.

 

Change is a constant, but progress is not. Understanding what makes a place fertile ground for progress may help to sow the seeds of future innovations. Moreover, their story is our story. City air provides the wind in the sails of the modern world. Come journey through these pages to some of history’s greatest centers of progress.

Banner Image: Centers of Progress cover. Image Credit – CATO Institute


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