New York City is a world capital in every sense of the word — it’s a cultural and economic powerhouse, and arguably the most influential city on the planet. But it wasn’t always this way, as the following cities once dominated the world around them.
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wouldn't Sargon's Agade be the first, about 2500 BC? Course, then again, Jericho or even Catal Huyuck might be a candidates. Then again, maybe you could call the Cro Magnon rock shelter or the Neandertal Valley the New York of their time.
Athens was the New York and not only of it's time.. It produced more brilliant minds—from Socrates to Aristotle—than any other place the world before or since....If you’ve ever voted, served on a jury, watched a movie, read a novel, spoken English, had a rational thought, or gazed at the night sky in silent wonder, then you can thank the Ancient Greeks. They brought us democracy, science, philosophy, written contracts, taxes, writing, and schools....Ancient Greeks were some of the first people if not the first, to really rely on an advanced system of international trade and commerce.... The Greeks became the best sailors ever and established complex trade networks with people all across the Mediterranean region as early as the 6th century BC....Athens is the most influential place in the world.”DO NOT BE AFRAID TO SAY IT!
Istanbul(Constantinople) would easily be regarded as the best city in the world during ottoman rule which means it should be ranked above London. im referring to around the time collonisation was taking place.btw u seem to have very biased british views as not many would rank london aove new York presently.
very bizarre selection... I understand of trying to be politically correct and include place in Africa... but, really? no place for any of the capitals of the Chinese dynasties. Each of them would be be NYC of the day. Most notably Chang-An capital to 10 dynasties, Tang among them when city had a population of 1 million at about 750 AD - by far biggest city at the time with one of the most diverse ethnic and religions populace anywhere.
Both Chang'an (Xi'an) and Dadu (Kanbaliq or Beijing) were just as significant if not more than half of those on the list and certainly more cosmopolitan than the more isolated territories like Tenochtitlan.
Very poor choices.The list should be (in no order)
Then in no order
Paris(cultural centre of europe and capital of most powerful european nation for much of early modern era)
Pataliputra or Delhi
St.Petersburg or Moscow
Honourable mentions -
I think Baghdad and/or Cairo could have definitely made the list before the crusades these two cities where the capitals to the strongest and perhaps wealthiest empires of the time and they were indeed biggest centers of trade at the time.
Venice, Babylon, Delhi, pataliputra, Surat, Constantinople, Beijing, Nanking, Alexandria, Baghdad, Athens, Sparta. Our world is too large and history too vast for it to be contained in 10 cities. Maybe you should make another list
Chinese empires not once or twice in its 5000 years of history. the Han dynasty with the silk road makes it easily a superpower. xi an, its capital has been the capital of 13 different dynasty. wouldn't consider Beijing though cause when it became capitals of different dynasties they weren't that impressive
NEW YORK OF THEIR TIME ?! And by the way, New York 500 years ago was a forrest with dears and native Americans Indians. Almost every city in Europe has a history and is older than New York, so I don't get it why that city is too idolised.
To cite the Napoleonic wars as a example of London's power is a joke, Napoleons France was fighting basically all of Europe at the same time, England was a part of the massive alliance that eventually defeated Napoleon after having their collective arse's kicked for decades. Napoleon lost upwards of 500,000 troops to the Russian winter (the worst winter in decades, unlucky for him), and then lost Waterloo subsequently, to say Waterloo was the culmination is false, France dominated the continent for a long time before that even. If Napoleons exile could be seen as an end point (and only a temporary exile the first time!), London certainly can't claim credit alone for that.
Tenochtitlan is pronounced: tēh-no-sh-ti-tlahn; not: "tehnoshitlan". And, there are no jungles in central México, but pines forests, in fact, up to this day, Mexico City, former Tenochtitlan, is a muddy and lakewise área surrounded by a large mountain and volcanic system that substains large pine forests, rain forests, as well as huge snowy areas in the mountain chain area, natural areas which span throughout various mexican states, such as the states of México, Morelos, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato and México City itself, which is still one of the biggest Metropolis in the world alongside places such as Tokaido area.
Why is djenne-djenno, sukhothai, Carthage, and Palmyra on this list?
They were important cities but never so great that they were a "nexus" of the world. There were other cities that overshadowed these places in their own time.
In the early 3rd century A.D. the Roman Empire went through a long crisis while the Parthian Empire (which ruled Persia) was in terminal decline, creating a power vacuum that temporarily allowed Palmyra to dominate the region between them. But then the Sassanid Persians replaced the Parthians and Rome made a recovery to some extent, leaving Palmyra doomed.
BTW, the man in your Persepolis mosaic isn't Darius the Great but a later Darius defeated by Alexander the Great.
very strange list and many of the cities had only very local influence and shouldn't be included here. On the other hand many cities that had mighty global influence like Baghdad, Beijing, Alexandria are missing! Dissapointing
If your gonna add an Amerindian city then Cuzco is a much better city than the Aztec city because it had the same population but was at 11,000 feet in an empire with more people than the Spanish Empire. Not to mention that all the major trade routes in the Inca empire led to it and they were arguably more powerful than the aztecs
The city of "pataliputra" (paat-lee-put-ra), modern day Patna, was also an important seat of Power in Ancient Indian history. It was at the suburbs of the city, where Gautama Buddha reached enlightenment, and propagated Buddhism
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