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Seminal in the creation of the United States of America in 1776, Boston today needs a new history. A Boston-centric global approach understands the Boston city-state not in local, but in national, Atlanticist, and finally global, perspectives. This course will examine Boston as America's intellectual capital in relation to New York, Washington, and Los Angeles as economic, political, and entertainment capitals. The city's evolution into an international intellectual and economic center will be explored in the context of such various urban phenomena as medieval Paris and modern Singapore. The course focuses on "Eliotic" Boston, the Victorian metropolis, on Copley Square/Back Bay, and the city and metropolitan park systems as expressions of the larger culture, exploring how historic preservation has both enhanced and threatened that expression.
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