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How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City

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How Paris Became Paris
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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.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195916
1608195910
Branch Call Number: 944.361 D
Characteristics: 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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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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Oct 08, 2014
  • biker3art rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

puts events in context - political, economic, effect on other cities of Europe...author did a wonderful job putting this story together!

"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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