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How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City
DeJean, Joan E. (Book - 2014 )
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In this compelling portrait of a city in transition, Joan DeJean shows that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.
Authors: DeJean, Joan E.
Statement of Responsibility: Joan DeJean
Title: How Paris became Paris
the invention of the modern city
Edition: First U.S. edition
Characteristics: 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-275) and index
Contents: "Capital of the universe"
The bridge where Paris became modern : the Pont Neuf
"Light of the City of Light" : the Place des Vosges
"Enchanted island" : the Île Saint-Louis
City of revolution : the Fronde
The open city : the boulevards, parks, and streets of Paris
City of speed and light : city services that transformed urban life
Capitale de la mode
City of finance and new wealth
City of romance
Making the city visible : painting and mapping the transformation of Paris
Summary: In this compelling portrait of a city in transition, Joan DeJean shows that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.
Subject Headings: Paris (France) History 17th century Paris (France) Description and travel Paris (France) Social life and customs 17th century Paris (France) Guidebooks History 17th century City planning France Paris History 17th century
Topical Term: City planning
LCCN: 2013031527
ISBN: 9781608195916
1608195910
Branch Call Number: 944.361 D
Research Call Number: JFE 14-3577
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Comment by: BCD2013 May 06, 2014

Although most people think of Paris as the city that Baron Haussmann built in the 19th century, Dejean argues that it was the Bourbon monarchs of the 17th cenutry who transformed Paris into the prototypical modern city.


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"Documents the century-long transformation of Paris from a medieval centre to the modern city that is recognised today, revealing how the Parisian urban model was actually invented in the 1700s when period leaders tore down fortifications, created public parks and constructed streets and bridges." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73

Although most people think of Paris as the city that Baron Haussmann built in the 19th century, Dejean argues that it was the Bourbon monarchs of the 17th cenutry who transformed Paris into the prototypical modern city.

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