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Seven Ages Of Paris

Author : Alistair Horne
ISBN : 9780804151696
Genre : History
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In this luminous portrait of Paris, the celebrated historian gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world’s truly great cities. While Paris may be many things, it is never boring. From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon’s rise and fall; Baron Haussmann’s rebuilding of Paris (at the cost of much of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation, the Liberation, and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle--Horne brings the city’s highs and lows, savagery and sophistication, and heroes and villains splendidly to life. With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment, he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age, is altered but always emerges more brilliant and beautiful than ever. The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian’s tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. "Knowledgeable and colorful, written with gusto and love.... [An] ambitious and skillful narrative that covers the history of Paris with considerable brio and fervor." —LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Category: History

Seven Ages Of Paris

Author : Alistair Horne
ISBN : 0330488643
Genre : Paris (France)
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This volume divides the history of Paris into seven distinct ages, with a foreword taking in Julius Caesar to Philip-Augustus, the great rival of Richard the Lionheart, to an epilogue taking in France since 1968. Historical narrative is interwoven with revealing detail, social and cultural history.
Category: Paris (France)

The French Revolution

Author : Alistair Horne
ISBN : 0233002359
Genre : History
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A comprehensive guide to The French Revolution with 30 removable facsimile documents of historic importance. Contents: Introduction Translations booklet 1. The legacy of Louis XIV 2. Louis XV and the Debilitation of France 3. The Enlightenment and the Philosophes 4. Louis XVI and Marie-Antionette 5. Warning of Trouble 6. The Estates-General and the Rights of Man 7. The Tennis Court Oath 8. The Storming of the Bastille 9. The March on Versailles 10. The Attack on the Clergy 11. Civil War in the Provinces 12. The Emigres 13. The King's Flight to Varennes 14. The Descent of the Revolution 15. War is Declared - 1791 16. The Convention: Danton, Marat and Robespierre Arrive 17. The Executions of Louis XVI and Robespierre Arrive 18. War on Three Fronts - 1792-99 19. The Vendee Rising - 1793 20. Economic Crises - July-September 1793 21. The Terror - 1793-94 22. Innovations 23. Thermidor - The End of the Terror - 1794 24. "A Whiff of Grapeshot" : Napoleon Arrives 25. The Collapse of the Economy : The Directory 1795-99 26. Style of Life 27. The Aftermath of the Revolution 28. The Legacy of the Revolution Chronology Index Further Information and Credits.
Category: History

The Age Of Napoleon

Author : Alistair Horne
ISBN : 9780812975550
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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An account of the reign and legacy of Napoleon covers his birth into poverty, rise to prominence after the French Revolution, military prowess, and twenty-year rule, during which he made significant changes in such areas as the social hierarchy, censorship, and culture. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Designing The City Of Reason

Author : Ali Madanipour
ISBN : 9781134103997
Genre : Architecture
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With a practical approach to theory, Designing the City of Reason offers new perspectives on how differing belief systems and philosophical approaches impact on city design and development, exploring how this has changed before, during and after the impact of modernism in all its rationalism. Looking at the connections between abstract ideas and material realities, this book provides a social and historical account of ideas which have emerged out of the particular concerns and cultural contexts and which inform the ways we live. By considering the changing foundations for belief and action, and their impact on urban form, it follows the history and development of city design in close conjunction with the growth of rationalist philosophy. Building on these foundations, it goes on to focus on the implications of this for urban development, exploring how public infrastructures of meaning are constructed and articulated through the dimensions of time, space, meaning, value and action. With its wide-ranging subject matter and distinctive blend of theory and practice, this book furthers the scope and range of urban design by asking new questions about the cities we live in and the values and symbols which we assign to them.
Category: Architecture

Paris The New Rome Of Napoleon I

Author : Diana Rowell
ISBN : 9781441128836
Genre : History
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Napoleon I employed a myriad of media through which to promote his propaganda and his universal hegemony. Classical Rome - home to the great Caesars - was central to his ambitious visions for the transformation of Paris into an imperial metropolis of unprecedented magnitude. Exploring the interrelationship between antiquity, the display of power and the reinvention of Paris, this volume evaluates how the Roman world and post-antique exploitations of Rome influenced Napoleonic Paris, and how Napoleon promoted his authority by appropriating Rome's triumphal architecture and its associated symbolism to relocate 'Rome' in his own times. The volume shows how consideration of Louis XIV's legacy is crucial to understanding the evolution of Napoleon's fascination with imperial Rome. It also charts Napoleon's manipulation of the populist rhetoric of Republican France (and Rome) as he moved from being a general fighting for the Revolutionary cause to become the 'absolute' ruler of a new empire.
Category: History

Paris The Collected Traveler

Author : Barrie Kerper
ISBN : 9780307739322
Genre : Travel
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Each edition of this unique series marries a collection of previously published essays with detailed practical information, creating a colorful and deeply absorbing pastiche of opinions and advice. Each book is a valuable resource -- a compass of sorts -- pointing vacationers, business travelers, and readers in many directions. Going abroad with a Collected Traveler edition is like being accompanied by a group of savvy and observant friends who are intimately familiar with your destination. This edition on Paris features: Distinguished writers, such as Mavis Gallant, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison, Herbert Gold, Olivier Bernier, Richard Reeves, Patricia Wells, Catharine Reynolds, and Gerald Asher, who share seductive pieces about Parisian neighborhoods, personalities, the Luxembourg Gardens, Père-Lachaise and other monuments, restaurants and wine bars, le Plan de Paris, and le Beaujolais Nouveau. Annotated bibliographies for each section with recommendations for related readings. An A-Z "renseignements pratiques" (practical information) section covering everything from accommodations, marches aux puces (flea markets), and money to telephones, tipping, and the VAT. Whether it's your first trip or your tenth, the Collected Traveler books are indispensable, and meant to be the first volumes you turn to when planning your journeys.
Category: Travel

The Fall Of Paris

Author : Alistair Horne
ISBN : 9781447233558
Genre : History
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Opening with the military preparations before Paris was besieged by the invading German army in September 1870, Alistair Horne's compelling account of this dramatic episode takes the reader through the fall of Paris and German victory to the last days of the Paris Commune in May Week 1871.
Category: History

Mirrors Of Memory

Author : James W. White
ISBN : 9780813930794
Genre : Architecture
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As society becomes more global, many see the world’s great cities as becoming increasingly similar. But while contemporary cultures do depend on and resemble each other in previously unimagined ways, homogenization is sometimes overestimated. In his compelling new book, James W. White considers how two of the world’s great cities, Paris and Tokyo, may appear to be growing more alike--both are vast, modern, dominating, capitalist cities--but in fact remain profoundly different places. Tokyo’s growth appears particularly organic, with a pronounced austerity and boundaries far less clear than those of Paris, which has been planned and manipulated constantly. Paris has a thriving center and a noticeably more contentious relationship with its nation, and its own suburbs, than Tokyo does. White explores how the roles of cities and urbanism in each society, and the balance between nature and artifice, account for some of these differences. He also examines the role of authority in each location and considers the way catastrophes, such as war, alter a city--as well as the role fear plays in a city’s construction. While the author acknowledges that Tokyo is more physically fluid and superficially chaotic than Paris, he also demonstrates that it has an invisible order of its own (including a center that, contrary to most assumptions, is not empty at all). White depicts a Tokyo that relies less on the monumental, and is less influenced by government, than most cities in the West. Where the culture of Paris emphasizes clarity, exclusion, and marginality, the public spaces of Tokyo express ambiguity, inclusiveness, and impermanence. In the end, White makes us reconsider which city better deserves the name "City of Light." Nonetheless, he warns, several factors may combine to discourage Tokyo’s international ascendance and even to threaten the future of provincial Japan. Thus it may be Paris, paradoxically, that is better poised to improve both its own position and its country’s in the years ahead.
Category: Architecture