The Place de la Bastille The Story of a Quartier

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-01
  • Publisher: Liverpool University Press
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In The Place de la Bastille: the story of a quartier Keith Reader traces the history of the Bastille area of Eastern Paris (also known as the Faubourg Saint-Antoine), from its earliest days to the present. Erstwhile bastion of the skilled working-class and centre of radical agitation, epicentre of the Revolution of 1789, along with Pigalle and Montmartre a focus for popular and sometimes raffish night-life in the earlier part of the twentieth century, it is now an ethnically and socially mixed quartier which still bears the traces of its previous avatars. From the still comparatively new opera house (the largest and costliest in the world) to the March_ d'Aligre, one of Paris's most important Maghr_bi markets, this is among the city's most richly protean areas.

Author Biography

Keith Reader is Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Glasgow. His previous books include The Abjeet object (Rodopi,2006), Jean Renoir's 'La Regle du jeu' (I.B Tauris, 2009), and The papin Sisters (co-authored with Rachel Edwards, OUP, 2001).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introduction: The Place de la Bastillep. 1
'What's that poor creature doing here?': the area and the fortress before the Revolution of 1789p. 20
'Thought blew the Bastille apart': the fall of the fortress and the revolutionary years, 1789ù1815p. 31
"The strategy of the generals of Africa shattered': the Restoration, Orleanist and Second Republic Years, 1815-1851p. 44
'Where is the noise of the storm that I love?': The Second Empire from Haussmann to the Communep. 64
'Satan's bagpipes ': La Belle époque's forty-three years of peacep. 73
'Villains, stars and everybody in between': The First War and the entre-deux-guerresp. 89
'Slicked hair and splendid sideburns': Occupation and Liberationp. 108
'Let's have some sun!': post-Gaullism and the Mitterrand yearsp. 121
'A building, not a monument': the construction of the Bastille Opérap. 130
'A real earthquake': the impact of the Opéra on the quartierp. 136
Flânerie in the archive: the Faubourg/Bastille todayp. 149
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 174
Indexp. 180
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