City of Light (Paperback)Rupert Christiansen (author)
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'This really is an impressive book' Sebastian Faulks.
'Brisk, vivid and unexpectedly stirring ... No one writes as evocatively and entertainingly about Paris as Christiansen does' Mail on Sunday.
'Every page is a pleasure, every building, every gas lamp brought shimmering to life ... Don't board the Eurostar without a copy' The Times.
'A wonderful book, amazingly vivid ... But also a truly original work of scholarship' Theodore Zeldin.
In 1853 the French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious programme of public works, directed by Georges-Eugene Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann's renovation of Paris would transform the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a 'City of Light' - characterised by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new railway stations and department stores and a new system of public sanitation.
City of Light charts a fifteen-year project of urban renewal which - despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption and bankruptcy - would set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and create the enduring and globally familiar layout of modern Paris.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 184
Dimensions: 200 x 135 mm
'A wonderful book, amazingly vivid ... But also a truly original work of scholarship' -- Theodore Zeldin
'Brisk, vivid and unexpectedly stirring ... No one writes as evocatively and entertainingly about Paris as [Christiansen] does' * Mail on Sunday *
'Every page is a pleasure, every building, every gas lamp brought shimmering to life ... Don't board the Eurostar without a copy' * The Times *
'A sparkling yet scholarly new book' * Country Life *
'Vivid, dramatic and tragic ... If you are heading for Paris this summer be sure to put City of Light in your bag' * Sunday Times *
'[An] elegant and gorgeously illustrated new book' * Sunday Telegraph *
'A beautifully produced compact book, written and put together with the rare combination of expertise and love' * Engineering and Technology Magazine *
'The photographs included in Christiansen's beautifully illustrated book [...] make all this vivid, as does his lively telling of the story ... Christiansen's account is readable and engaging. He doesn't judge his subject' * The Oldie. *
'Christiansen's brisk and lively account contains excursions into the qualities of the Paris Opera House (not part of Haussmann's plan) and late nineteenth-century French political history, but remains both learned and amusing' * Tablet. *
'A beautiful little book ... A fascinating history of the time with many photographs and paintings' * Four Shires Magazine *
'It is attention to such detail that makes this witty, erudite historical essay on Paris's Haussmann years such an evocative read' * The Spectator *
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