128) The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital: Washington, DC from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis
 

With the establishment of Washington, DC in 1790 as the site of a brand-new capital city, the once dirt road frontier town of a fragile republic emerged from the ashes of the War of 1812 to become a political center for a burgeoning continental empire and eventually a global colossus by the Cold War era. The scale and scope of its civic architecture and cultural assets soon matched its economic and political weight on par with its European counterparts.  


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