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How Paris Became Paris

The Invention Of The Modern City

By Joan E DeJean

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.

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2014

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9781608195916


Format: Book
Author: DeJean, Joan E
Summary: In this compelling portrait of a city in transition, Joan DeJean shows that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.
Title: How Paris became Paris : the invention of the modern city / Joan DeJean.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Subject: City planning -- France -- Paris -- History -- 17th century. Paris (France) -- History -- 17th century. Paris (France) -- Description and travel. Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century. Paris (France) -- Guidebooks -- History -- 17th century.
Isbn: 9781608195916 (hbk. : alk. paper) 1608195910 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 944.36103 DeJ
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Format: Book
Author: DeJean, Joan E, author.
Summary: In this compelling portrait of a city in transition, Joan DeJean shows that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.
Title: How Paris became Paris : the invention of the modern city / Joan DeJean.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2014.
Description: 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Subjects: City planning -- France -- Paris -- History -- 17th century.
Subjects: Paris (France) -- History -- 17th century.
Subjects: Paris (France) -- Description and travel.
Subjects: Paris (France) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
Subjects: Paris (France) -- Guidebooks -- History -- 17th century.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-275) and index.
Contents: "Capital of the universe" -- The bridge where Paris became modern : the Pont Neuf -- "Light of the City of Light" : the Place des Vosges -- "Enchanted island" : the Île Saint-Louis -- City of revolution : the Fronde -- The open city : the boulevards, parks, and streets of Paris -- City of speed and light : city services that transformed urban life -- Capitale de la mode -- City of finance and new wealth -- City of romance -- Making the city visible : painting and mapping the transformation of Paris.
LCCN: 2013031527
ISBN: 9781608195916 (hbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1608195910 (hbk. : alk. paper)
Requests: 2
Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 944.36103 DeJ