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THE HISTORY IN URBAN STUDIES: A COMMENT

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Direct correspondence to: Richard Harris, School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1. E-mail: harrisr@univmail.cis.mcmaster.ca.

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ABSTRACT: A recent survey of the field of urban studies in this journal downplayed or overlooked the significance of urban history. In fact textbook coverage, and an analysis of urban publications in the Web of Science database, indicate that historical research has always played a major role in the field. For three reasons, it always should: the past shapes the present; the study of change encourages critical understanding; and the past offers many examples for use in comparative analysis.

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