City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris

October 9, 2018|
City of Light: The Making of Modern Paris
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A sparkling account of the nineteenth-century reinvention of Paris as the most beautiful, exciting city in the world

In 1853, French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious program of public works in Paris, directed by Georges-Eugÿ Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann transformed the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a "City of Light" characterized by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new rail stations and department stores, and a new system of public sanitation. City of Light charts this fifteen-year project of urban renewal which -- despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption, and bankruptcy -- set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and created the enduring landscape of modern Paris now so famous around the globe.

Lively and engaging, City of Light is a book for anyone who wants to know how Paris became Paris.

Title:City of Light: The Making of Modern ParisFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 9, 2018Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1541673433

ISBN - 13:9781541673434

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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