Paris Reborn Napol�on III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City

ISBN-10: 0312626894

ISBN-13: 9780312626891

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An engrossing account of Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and one of the greatest transformations of a major city in modern history Traditionally known as a dirty, congested, and dangerous city, Paris was transformed in an extraordinary period from 1848 to 1870, when the government launched a huge campaign to build streets, squares, parks, churches, and public buildings. The Louvre Palace was expanded, Notre-Dame Cathedral was restored and the masterpiece of the Second Empire, theOpéra Garnier, was built. A very large part of what we see when we visit Paris today originates from this short span of twenty-two years.The vision for the new Paris belonged to Napoleon III, who had led a long and difficult climb to absolute power. But his plans faltered until he brought in a civil servant, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, to take charge of the implementation. Heedless of controversy, at tremendous cost, Haussmann pressed ahead with the giant undertaking until, in 1870, his political enemies brought him down, just months before the collapse of the whole regime brought about the end of an era.Paris Rebornis a must-read for anyone who ever wondered how Paris, the city universally admired as a standard of urban beauty, became what it is.
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Book details

List price: $29.99
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 4/2/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Prologue
In the Shadow of Versailles
A World of Change
A Dreamer in the Industrial Age
The Prince-President and the City
A New Empire
The Man for the Job
Eviscerating with Glee
The Empire Builds
Celebrating the New City
A Landscape of Ruins
The 180 Million Franc Treaty
The New City Emerges
An Expanded Capital and a New Monument
An Embattled Prefect
Razing the Cradle of Paris
The Beginning of the Fall
Glamour and Decay
The Last Fight
Capital of a Republic
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Endnotes
Index
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