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Old August 22nd, 2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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First cities to reach 1 million people.

I don't know if anyone ever posted this before. I found this list in a TOP 10 book from 2000. Here are the first cities to reach 1 million people:

1. Rome(Italy)-133 B.C.
2. Alexandria(Egypt)-30 B.C.
3. Angkor(Cambodia)-900
4. Hangzhou(China)-1200
5. London(UK)-1810
6. Paris(France)-1850
7. Beijing(China)-1855
8. Guangzhou(China)-1860
9. Berlin(Germany)-1870
10. Manhattan-1874

Any surprises?
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 08:51 PM   #2
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I remember a list that said Babylon was the former biggest city in the world....being the first to reach 200,000 (or something like that)....and this is like 500/600 years ago.

And London was the First to reach 1m
NY 5m/10m
and Tokyo 20/30m
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 08:52 PM   #3
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 09:52 PM   #4
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Angkor reached 1 million? Wow!
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 12:31 AM   #5
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The list is right !
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 01:47 AM   #6
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I remember a list that said Babylon was the former biggest city in the world....being the first to reach 200,000 (or something like that)....and this is like 500/600 years ago.

And London was the First to reach 1m
NY 5m/10m
and Tokyo 20/30m
You read wrong then. Rome was the first to reach a million. Cities reached 200,000 in mesopatania, china, and egypt before 1000 BC. not 500/600 years ago.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 02:02 AM   #7
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I read somewhere that Tokyo reached 1 million sometime before 1800.

Actually Japan was fairly developed in the late Edo Period. Just about as developed as it was going to get without an industrial revolution. Perhaps that's one reason why it picked up so quickly on its modernization efforts after Admiral Perry came along.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 02:31 AM   #8
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I read somewhere that Tokyo reached 1 million sometime before 1800.

Actually Japan was fairly developed in the late Edo Period. Just about as developed as it was going to get without an industrial revolution. Perhaps that's one reason why it picked up so quickly on its modernization efforts after Admiral Perry came along.
According to the Japanese government Tokyo passed the 1 million mark in 1886, but I just found on some website about Tokyo's history that it had 1.2 million people in the early 1700's, which is very weird. Maybe someone can explain this.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 03:19 AM   #9
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Actually, some of the first cities to reach 1 million people are some of the world's largest cities today. For instance:
Tenochtitlan (Actual Mexico City)
Edo (Actual Tokyo)

Both were the world's largest cities in 1500, like today.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 03:56 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by polako
I don't know if anyone ever posted this before. I found this list in a TOP 10 book from 2000. Here are the first cities to reach 1 million people:

1. Rome(Italy)-133 B.C.
2. Alexandria(Egypt)-30 B.C.
3. Angkor(Cambodia)-900
4. Hangzhou(China)-1200
5. London(UK)-1810
6. Paris(France)-1850
7. Beijing(China)-1855
8. Guangzhou(China)-1860
9. Berlin(Germany)-1870
10. Manhattan-1874

Any surprises?
Great List... no surprises...
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 04:40 AM   #11
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yes....where are the mayan cities?

I think Copan, reached 5 million inhabitants
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 04:48 AM   #12
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Damn. Look at ancient Rome!
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 05:08 AM   #13
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yes....where are the mayan cities?

I think Copan, reached 5 million inhabitants
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 06:56 AM   #14
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where is xian?
I also read that Xi'an (one of the ancient capitals of China and originally known as Chang'an) had a population well over 1 million during the Tang Dynasty (618 A.D - 907 A.D). It was a center of trade & commerce where all the silk roads ended up, as well as a city of great cultural importance.

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Old August 23rd, 2005, 08:51 AM   #15
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I heard London was the first.
The cities before that barely had that many people in their entire countries.
It's doubtful that Rome had 1 million at such a young time in earth's history.
I'm not arguing this as fact, as I'm not sure...it just seems rather odd.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:13 AM   #16
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Actually douring the Roman empire , population was about 1.5 mils
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:29 AM   #17
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In the 3rd century Rome could have reached 3 mio, during Julius Caesar it was already 1.5 mio.

Anyone knows how big Ur, Uruk and Babylon were?
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:36 AM   #18
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After browsing the internet for a while I'm not sure that this list is actually right. The only thing that stops me from updating it is that my beloved island of Manhattan is in it.

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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:37 AM   #19
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Also heard that Rome did get up to a million. I am sure in China or asia somewhere in that period they had large cities also.

I remember Sun Tzu mention in the Art of War very large human armies of 100,000 men or more which were massive in that period so you gotta say that China must have had big towns too.

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Old August 23rd, 2005, 09:40 AM   #20
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MC is still far from 30mio, sorry. The only metro that reached this number is Tokyo and if you want the multicentred Pearl River Delta. But Mexico is somewhere between 19 and 23mio. I don't know why its numbers were always exaggarated. Already in the end 70s they said it's the biggest city with 20mio. The first was not true and the second neither....
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