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City of light : the making of modern Paris
City of light : the making of modern Paris
Physical Description:
vii, 206 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Prologue -- Louis Napoléon and the Second Empire -- The Problem of Paris -- Marvels of the New Babylon -- Pleasures of the New Babylon -- Haussmann's Downfall -- The End of the Second Empire -- Paris's Civil War -- Epilogue.
"In 1853 the French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious program of public works, directed by Georges-Eugène Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann's renovation of Paris would transform the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a "City of Light" characterized by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new railway stations and department stores, and a new system of public sanitation. City of Light charts this fifteen-year project of urban renewal which-despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy-set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe. A lively and engaging read, City of Light is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris"-- Provided by publisher.
Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice:
New York, NY : Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, October 2018.