- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury USA; Edición: New (6 de noviembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1608195910
- ISBN-13: 978-1608195916
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº1.052.820 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
How Paris Became Paris: The Invention of the Modern City (Inglés) Tapa dura – 6 nov 2014
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This lively history charts the growth of Paris from a city of crowded alleyways and irregular buildings into a modern marvel. (New Yorker)
The greatest strength of How Paris Became Paris is the richness of its subject matter. DeJean is fluent with the material and has conducted thorough research, with many interesting primary sources . . . Well worth reading. (Washington Post)
DeJean's depth and scope of research are impressive . . . Like its subject, DeJean's biography of Paris emanates charm and wit. What makes [her] analysis so intriguing is her capacity to weave strands of history together. With such rich context, How Paris Became Paris is more than a history: It's the best kind of travel guidebook. (Bookpage)
Illuminating . . . Dejean obviously knows and loves Paris, and she provides coherent history that effectively explains the evolution of a city built by a few prescient men. (starred review Kirkus Reviews)
Witty and engaging . . . With panache and examples from primary sources, guidebooks, maps, and paintings, she illustrates how Paris changed people's conception of a city's potential. (Publishers Weekly (Top 10 Travel Books This Spring))
How Paris Became Paris teaches us a great deal about the origins of the modernity we have, and spurs us to contemplate the modernity we want. (Make Literary Magazine)
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At the beginning of the seventeenth century, Paris was known for isolated monuments but had not yet put its brand on urban space. Like other European cities, it was still emerging from its medieval past. But in a mere century Paris would be transformed into the modern and mythic city we know today.
Though most people associate the signature characteristics of Paris with the public works of the nineteenth century, Joan DeJean demonstrates that the Parisian model for urban space was in fact invented two centuries earlier, when the first complete design for the French capital was drawn up and implemented. As a result, Paris saw many changes. It became the first city to tear down its fortifications, inviting people in rather than keeping them out. Parisian urban planning showcased new kinds of streets, including the original boulevard, as well as public parks and the earliest sidewalks and bridges without houses. Venues opened for urban entertainment of all kinds, from opera and ballet to a pastime invented in Paris, recreational shopping. Parisians enjoyed the earliest public transportation and street lighting, and Paris became Europe's first great walking city.
A century of planned development made Paris both beautiful and exciting. It gave people reasons to be out in public as never before and as nowhere else. And it gave Paris its modern identity as a place that people dreamed of seeing. By 1700, Paris had become the capital that would revolutionize our conception of the city and of urban life.Ver Descripción del producto
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If you know history, you may wonder if Paris really was the invention of a lot of these things. Fashion for instance, for those who know their history, is not something that existed only in Paris. Or that was created in fashion. So some of the chapters may stretch your ability to believe. But in terms of the chapters of architecture, the author does make a good case that we should be focusing on kings like Henri IV and Louis XIV when discussing the transformation of Paris. Baron Haussmann, supposedly, copied a lot of ideas that were already implemented in the 17th century.
This is a quick and easy read at around 300 pages. And it is an insightful book. Whether the modern city was invented in Paris is another question that I'm sure authors focused on other cities will have different answers to. Still, this is an excellent history of a vital couple of centuries in the history of Paris.
I would suggest this book to others, but also urge them to look at (a) the small full color Skira art book from 1957 entitled "Paris in the Past" (b) see "Paris Then and Now" by Peter and Oriel Caine (Thunder Bay Press, 2003) and, (c) when in Paris, definitely visit the Musee Carnavalet which is, first of all, two splendid historic buildings now joined into one, with breathtaking paintings of Paris in former centuries - a museum not to be missed by the serious admirer of Paris.