As someone who has spent decades writing about and teaching and doing public history in both large and medium cities, I can speak to the question. There is a historiography of medium and small cities as well as an urban studies and social-science literature related to them.
This is a great question! (Also this whole idea of the question of the week is brilliant, I'd love to see these discussions grow).
For the question of Daniel Soyer, who is looking for references to discussions of the phrase ir v'em b'yisrael as applied to cities and Jewish communities – especially New York,
I would appreciate references to discussions of the phrase ir v'em b'yisrael as applied to cities and Jewish communities. I am especially interested to hear about any instances in which the phrase was used to describe New York City or any part of it.
I would like to announce my monograph, fresh off the press:
The Middle East and the Making of the Modern World (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017). http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674088337
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CFP: Cities, Space and the Sacred: Exploring Urban (Religious) Landscapes in the Modern Era (c.1800-present)
We are pleased to invite paper proposals for the session “Cities, Space and the Sacred” at the 14th International Conference on Urban History, which will take place from 29 August to 1 September in Rome, Italy. A description of the session appears below.
Brophy, James M. Bookshops, Forbidden Print and Urban Political Culture in Central Europe, 1800–1850. German History. Volume 35, Issue 3, 2017. Pp. 403-430.