Over the grand sweep of history, two universal megatrends stand out: Connectivity and urbanization. Today, both are accelerating at an unprecedented scale with globe-spanning infrastructure investments in the domains of transportation, energy and communications, and in the rise of megacities on every continent. As the world transitions from the Westphalian system towards a more fluid, neomedieval one, what can we glean from the past and project into the future about the role of cities in global order? As cities accrue authorities through the processes of domestic devolution and international network formation, can they lead us into a Pax Urbanica, an age of peace among cities?


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