American urban history is the study of cities of the united stateslocal historians have always written about their own cities starting in the 1920s and led by arthur schlesinger sr at harvard professional historians began comparative analysis of what cities have in common and started using theoretical models and scholarly biographies of specific cities. Urban history is a well established and flourishing field of historical research written by a leading scholar this short introduction demonstrates how urban history draws upon a wide variety of methodologies and sources and has been integral to the rise of interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to history since the second half of the twentieth century. What is urban history reasserts the role of urban history exploiting this continuity to understand urbanisation processes and interactions at first glance a book with this title and only 184 pages appears overly ambitious however the text covers a vast range of sources without exasperating the reader. Urban history occupies a central place in historical scholarship with an outstanding record of interdisciplinary contributions and a broad based and distinguished panel of referees and international advisors each issue features wide ranging research articles covering social economic political and cultural aspects of the history of towns and cities
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