1. Feudal City: (middle ages) centers of control of mostly rural territory. Relatively self-sufficient. Small urban centers. Crossroads.
2. Mercantile City: (1500-1750) based on trade via colonialism. Jobs in docks, warehouses, stores. ex*London
3. Colonial City: External origins and orientation. Usually costal site. Center of colonial admin. Presence of banks, agency houses and insurance companies. Focus on communications networks. Divided socially and economically. ex*Calcutta
4. Industrial City: rapid urbanization/ industrialization. Associated w/ rapid technological change, large-scale factories, mass labor markets, consumer markets beyond the "local".rural jobs lost to mechanization, factories need workers
5. Mega City: huge city usually having a population over 10 million people
6. Global City: a city which is a primary node in the global economic network.
—> The concept comes from geography and urban studies, and the idea that globalization is created, facilitated, and enacted in strategic geographic locales