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Author Kirkland, Stephane.

Title Paris reborn : Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the quest to build a modern city / Stephane Kirkland.

Published New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013.

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 UniM Bail  307.120944361 KIRK    AVAILABLE
Edition First U.S. edition.
Physical description vi, 327 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (1 col.) ; 25 cm.
Notes Color map on lining papers.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: One.In the Shadow of Versailles -- Two.A World of Change -- Three.A Dreamer in the Industrial Age -- Four.The Prince-President and the City -- Five.A New Empire -- Six.The Man for the Job -- Seven.Eviscerating with Glee -- Eight.The Empire Builds -- Nine.Celebrating the New City -- Ten.A Landscape of Ruins -- Eleven.The 180 Million Franc Treaty -- Twelve.The New City Emerges -- Thirteen.An Expanded Capital and a New Monument -- Fourteen.An Embattled Prefect -- Fifteen.Razing the Cradle of Paris -- Sixteen.The Beginning of the Fall -- Seventeen.Glamour and Decay -- Eighteen.The Last Fight -- Nineteen.Capital of a Republic.
Summary "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, the Opéra 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 Reborn is a must-read for anyone who ever wondered how Paris, the city universally admired as a standard of urban beauty, became what it is"--
Subject Haussmann, Georges Eugène baron, 1809-1891.
Napoleon III Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
City planning -- France -- Paris -- History -- 19th century.
Paris (France) -- History -- 1848-1870.
Variant Title Napoléon III, Baron Haussmann, and the quest to build a modern city
ISBN 9780312626891 (hardback)
9781250021663 (ebook)
0312626894 (hardcover)
1250021669 (ebook)