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Unformatted text preview: Preindustrial cities which first arose on fertile lands along rivers in the Middle East, Egypt, and Chinawere quite small compared to today's cities. Most preindustrial cities housed fewer than 10,000 inhabitants. Others, like Rome, may have contained as many as several hundred thousand people. Preindustrial cities differed significantly from today's cities. The residential and commercial districts were not as sharply separated as they are today. Most traders and artisans worked at home, although people with the same trades tended to live in the same areas of town. People in cities also segregated themselves from one another according to class, ethnicity, and religionwith little or no chance for social mobility or interaction with other groups. Industrial cities Between 1700 and 1900, increasing numbers of people moved into cities, resulting in an...
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- Fall '09