Seven Ages of Paris

ISBN-10: 1400034469

ISBN-13: 9781400034468

Edition: 2002

Authors: Alistair Horne

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In this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things, it is never boring. From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris (at the cost of much of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation, the Liberation, and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle--Horne brings the city’s highs and lows, savagery and sophistication, and heroes and villains splendidly to life. With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment, he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age, is altered but always emerges more brilliant and beautiful than ever. The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/13/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Sir Alistair Horne was born in London in 1925, and has spent much of his life abroad, including periods at schools in the United States and Switzerland. He served with the R.C.A.F. in Canada in 1943 and ended his war service with the rank of Captain in the Coldstream Guards attached to MI5 in the Middle East. He then went up to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he read English Literature and played international ice-hockey. After leaving Cambridge, Alistair Horne concentrated on writing: he spent three years in Germany as correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and speaks fluent French and German. His books include Back into Power; Small Earthquake in Chile; The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 ; and The Seven Ages of Paris. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-62 won both the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Prize and the Wolfson History Award in 1978, and he is the official biographer of Harold Macmillan. In 1970, he founded a research Fellowship for young historians at St Antony's College, Oxford. In 1992 he was awarded the CBE; in 1993 he received the French L�gion d'Honneur for his work on French history and a Litt.D. from Cambridge University.

Foreword
Preface
A Note on Money
Introduction: from Caesar to Abelard
1180-1314: Philippe Auguste
Sunday at Bouvines
Capital City
The Templars' Curse
1314-1643: Henri IV
Besieged
"Worth a Mass"
Regicide, Regent and Richelieu
1643-1795: Louis XIV
The Move to Versailles
A Building Boom
Death of the Ancien Regime
1795-1815: Napoleon
Empire and Reform
"The Most Beautiful City That Could Ever Exist"
Downfall of an Empire
1815-1871: The Commune
Constitutional Monarchy and Revolt
The Second Empire
L'Annee Terrible
1871-1940: The Treaty of Versailles
Belle Epoque
The Great War
The Phoney Peace
1940-1969: De Gaulle
The Occupation
"I Was France"
Les Jours de Mai
Epilogue: Death in Paris--the Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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