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Research Projects

I have a number of research projects on-going or under development

1. Rome's Revolution

This project is in two parts. The first part involves a new history of the political events of the fall of the Roman Republic and the reign of Augustus. The planned book demonstrates that the transition from Republic to Empire was a revolution and a revolution in the conventional sense of a transfer of power between social groups. This project seeks to embed into the narrative history of this period, the theories of political and economic transformation.The economic and social structures drive the events and the events must be explicable from the economic and social history. The second part is an ambitious attempt to rethink the economic geography of Roman Italy from the economic and geographical models used to understand Italian political economy to the ideologies of politics in Rome itself. 

2. The City in the City

This project looks at the way in which Classical ideas have influenced the development of ideas of modern urbanism. In particular, the focus is on the urban reform movements of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, but also on the development of political ideas of urbanism and community throughout the twentieth century, from the Garden City Movement to the the radical geographies of anarchism and Marxism. 


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