Major Cities Throughout History

Cities have existed since about 5000 B.C. This post from <em>Business Insider</em> looks at some of the most important cities throughout history.
April 27, 2011, 11am PDT | Nate Berg
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The list is made up from information collected in recent historical books on cities.

"The numbers were drawn from the size of a city's military in peacetime and in war, household data, agricultural commerce, church records, fortification sizes, food distribution, loss of life in a disaster, and city comparisons. Chandler revised his opus in 1987, applying greater detail and further research to his numbers.

In 2003, George Modelski expanded on Chandler's work and wrote World Cities, -3,000 to 2,000. The book remains the authoritative reference on historic population today."

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Published on Monday, April 11, 2011 in Business Insider
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