Paris, Capital of Modernity

ISBN-10: 0415952204
ISBN-13: 9780415952200
Edition: 2004
Authors: David Harvey
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 11/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.870
Language: English

David Harvey's historical work on 19th century Paris is universally regarded as brilliant. As much as Benjamin and Marx, he has demonstrated the absolute centrality of capital in creating the modern city--its class relations, culture, urban form, and social life. Yet until now, this work has been squirreled away in various collections, journals, and one long out-of-print book. InParis, Capital of Modernity, Harvey brings together all of this material, along with some new essays, to present a sweeping account of the city in a remarkably turbulent era, framed by two failed revolutions. His key concern is how a new form of finance capitalism combined with a new type of planning vision to produce the prototypical modern city. Also, there are brilliant insights throughout about subjects such as the birth of the consumerist spectacle on the Parisian boulevards; the creative visions of Balzac, Baudelaire, and Zola; and the reactionary cultural politics of the bombasticSacré Coeur, theCatholic monument erected to efface all memory of the revolutionary Paris Commune that arose briefly when the empire collapsed. Stunning in scope and form,Paris, Capital of Modernityis a long-awaited essential collection of David Harvey's magnificent writing on 19th century Paris.

David Harvey received a Bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in geography from Cambridge University. After graduating in 1961, he joined the geography department at Bristol University as a lecturer. In the following years, he held teaching positions at Johns Hopkins and Oxford universities. He has written numerous books including Justice Nature and the Geography of Differences, The Urban Experience, The Condition of Postmodernity, and An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change. He has received many honors, among them the Outstanding Contributor Award of the Association of American Geographers, the Anders Retzuis Gold Medal of the Swedish Society of Anthropology and Geography, and the Vautrin Lud International Geography Prize.

Introduction: Modernity as Break
Representations: Paris 1830-18481
The Myths of Modernity: Balzac's Paris<l>2</l>
Materializations: Paris 1848-1870 Prologue
The Production of Space
Money, Credit and Finance
Rent and the Propertied Interest
The State
Abstract and Concrete Labor
The Buying and Selling of Labor Power
The Reproduction of Labor Power
Consumerism, Spectacle and Leisure
Community and Class
National Relations
Science and Sentiment, Modernity and Tradition
Rhetoric and Representation
The Geopolitics of Urban Transformation Coda: The Building of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits and Acknowledgements

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