Cities as Ideas

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hen Peter the Great visited Amsterdam in 1697, he was dazzled.  It was the richest city in the world, a maritime superpower and a global trade hub—confirmation of the West’s superiority in technology, education, and the arts.  The contrast between the brilliance and worldliness of Amsterdam and the dreariness and xenophobia of his own capital, Moscow, was not to be borne. He wanted an Amsterdam of his own.  So he built one.  More…zp8497586rq