KIRKLAND Stephane , Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann and the Quest to build a Modern City
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Description: Traditionally known as a dirty, congested, and dangerous city, 19th Century Paris, France was transformed in an extraordinary period from 1848 to 1870, when the government launched a huge campaign to build streets, squares, parks, churches, and public buildings. The Louvre Palace was expanded, Notre-Dame Cathedral was restored and the French masterpiece of the Second Empire, the Opéra Garnier, was built. A very large part of what we see when we visit Paris today originates from this short span of twenty-two years.
The vision for the new Nineteenth Century Paris belonged to Napoleon III, who had led a long and difficult climb to absolute power. But his plans faltered until he brought in a civil servant, Georges-Eugène Haussmann, to take charge of the implementation. Heedless of controversy, at tremendous cost, Haussmann pressed ahead with the giant undertaking until, in 1870, his political enemies brought him down, just months before the collapse of the whole regime brought about the end of an era.
Place and publisher: St Martin's Press
Date of publication: 2013
Number of pages: 336
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In this book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor tells the story of a war that redefined North America. During the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. Soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians fought in a northern borderland to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British empire contain, divide, and ruin the shaky American republic?
During the war, both sides struggled to sustain armies in a northern land of immense forests, vast lakes, and stark seasonal changes. After fighting each other to a standstill, the Americans and the British concluded that they could safely share the continent along a border that favored the United States.
A vivid narrative of an often brutal (and sometimes comic) war that reveals much about the tangled origins of the United States and Canada.
Read a review of this book by Ivan Lett in Open Letters Monthly.
Read a review of this book by Gordon S. Wood, "The War We Lost - and Won" in The New York Review of Books.
Place and publisher: Knopf: a edition
Date of publication: 2010
Number of pages: 640
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