Paris : The Biography of a City

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2006-04-04
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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The Roman Emperor Julian praised it for its wine. Ernest Hemingway thrived in its seductive bohemia. We know it fondly as the "city of light." For two thousand years Paris has been a perennial source of fascination, a city that has endured Viking invasion, the Black Death, and Nazi occupation to emerge as the heart of a resurgent Europe. Colin Jones goes off the beaten track to capture Paris's evolution from Stone Age settlement to prosperous contemporary capital. Lavishly illustrated, with sidebars that offer an in-depth look at subjects like the catacombs, Victor Hugo, and the Eiffel Tower, this is the ultimate narrative of Paris's epic past from one of the city's foremost historians. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Colin Jones is professor of history at the University of Warwick and the author of several works of history, including The Longman Companion to the French Revolution and The Great Nation: France from Louis XV to Napoleon

Table of Contents

Introduction: An Impossible History of Paris?p. xi
Paris-Lutetia (from earliest times to c. 1000)p. 1
Features Boxes
The Arenes de Lutecep. 8
A Parisian Childp. 13
Saint Genevievep. 19
'Queen of Cities' (c. 1000-c. 1300)p. 32
Features Boxes
Saint-Denisp. 40
The Philip Augustus Wallp. 46
Robert de Sorbonp. 59
The City Adrift (c. 1300-c. 1480)p. 62
Features Boxes
Montfauconp. 70
The Parvis of Notre-Damep. 79
Francois Villonp. 92
Paris Reborn, Paris Reformed (c. 1480-1594)p. 96
Features Boxes
The Louvrep. 96
The River Bievrep. 108
Henry IIIp. 124
Grand Siecle, Great Eclipse (1594-1715)p. 132
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The Pont Neufp. 136
Madame de Sevignep. 143
The Cour des Miraclesp. 165
The Kingless Capital of Enlightenment (1715-89)p. 173
Features Boxes
The Cafe Procopep. 188
Rose Bertinp. 199
Rue Mouffetardp. 203
Revolution and Empire (1789-1815)p. 215
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Philippe-Egalite, duc d'Orleansp. 222
The Grand Vefourp. 246
The Catacombsp. 253
Between Napoleons (1815-51)p. 263
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Rue Transnonainp. 274
Victor Hugop. 279
The Arcadesp. 287
Haussmannism and the City of Modernity (1851-89)p. 299
Features Boxes
Felice Orsinip. 321
The Mur des Federesp. 328
The Eiffel Towerp. 340
The Anxious Spectacle (1889-1918)p. 344
Features Boxes
Alphandp. 349
Ilot insalubre numero 16p. 362
Sacre-Coeur of Montmartrep. 375
Faded Dreams, Lost Illusions (1918-45)p. 385
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Josephine Bakerp. 389
The Vespasiennesp. 398
The Vel' d'Hivp. 420
The Remaking of Paris (1945-c. 1995)p. 426
Features Boxes
The Metro in Zaziep. 434
The 'Algerian Bridge'p. 444
The Maraisp. 451
Paris at a Glancep. 464
Conclusion: Big Projects in a Bigger City (Paris in the Twenty-first Century)p. 465
Characteristic Buildingsp. 475
Mapsp. 478
Glossaryp. 486
Abbreviationsp. 488
Notesp. 489
Bibliographical Guidep. 511
List of Illustrationsp. 525
Acknowledgementsp. 528
Indexp. 531
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