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In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris--the Seine--became a force of destruction in a matter of hours. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums, thrusting the City of Light into a battle with the elements. Given the Parisians' history of deep-seated social, religious, and political strife, many worried that they wouldn't be able to collaborate to confront the crisis. Yet while the sewers, Metro, and electricity failed around them, Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save the city and one another. Improvising techniques to keep Paris functioning and braving the dangers of collapsing infrastructure and looters, leaders and residents alike answered the call to action.In breathtaking detail, Jeffrey Jackson captures here for the first time the epic story of the great flood. As the waters rise, so does the tension, but ultimately, the Parisians' love of their city leads them to triumph over nature against all odds.
Jeffrey H. Jackson is a professor of history at Rhodes College in Memphis, and has worked in the Parisian archives for ten years. He was recently honored as one of the top young historians in the United States and was a consultant for the documentary “Harlem in Montmartre: A Paris Jazz Story” on PBS. He lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
Table of Contents
|List of figures||p. ix|
|The Surprising Rise of the Seine||p. 27|
|The River Attacks||p. 49|
|Paris Under Siege||p. 69|
|Paris Under Water|
|Rescuing a Drowned City||p. 97|
|Up to the Neck||p. 121|
|A City on the Brink||p. 139|
|The City of Mud and Filth||p. 159|
|After the Flood||p. 183|
|Making Sense of the Flood||p. 203|
|timeline of events||p. 229|
|a note on the history of the flood||p. 231|
|selected bibliography||p. 249|
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