How Paris Became Paris

How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City

eBook - 2014
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At the start of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for a few monuments, but it had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like many European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But within a century, Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we now know.Most people associate the signature characteristics of Paris with the nineteenth century. Joan DeJean demonstrates that the Parisian model for urban space was in fact invented two centuries earlier, when the first full design for the French capital was implemented. During this period, Paris saw many changes: It became the first city to tear down its fortifications. A large-scale urban plan was created and executed, with organized streets and boulevards, modern bridges, sidewalks, and public parks. Venues opened for urban entertainment, from opera and ballet to another pastime invented in Paris, recreational shopping. Parisians enjoyed the earliest street lighting and public..
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2014
ISBN: 9781620401132
Branch Call Number: EBOOK

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Aug 20, 2017

Book has too small print, almost no maps and those it has are hard-to-impossible to read, too many drawings of silly 17th century clothing fashions and not nearly enough of buildings, streets, bridges, etc that we would recognize. Better pictures and maps would have helped to make the book interesting to me. I've been to Paris, but the author seemed to assume much more familiarity with streets and buildings than I possess. Maybe I'm just not the intended audience. I have zero interest in fashion of any century, so probably I'm not the kind of person the author was looking for.

Oct 08, 2014

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

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"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

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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