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DELAGE Irène, PRÉVOT Chantal, Atlas de Paris au temps de Napoléon

<i>Atlas de Paris au temps de Napoléon</i> by Irène Delage and Chantal Prévot © Éditions Parigramme

Atlas de Paris au temps de Napoléon by Irène Delage and Chantal Prévot © Éditions Parigramme

Description: Resume in English:
Napoleon did much more for Paris than simply restoring its royal residences, such as the Louvre, the Tuileries, and some of its hôtels particuliers. From 1799, as soon as he assumed the role of Premier Consul, Bonaparte set about transforming the capital. Water supply, drainage systems, equipment and infrastructure, right down to the numbering of the city's houses, this Atlas demonstrates that nothing escaped his desire to modernise the future capital of his Empire, whilst also acting as a guide for daily life in the city.
In perfect reflection of the power of its master, Paris prided itself on its spaces, especially its imposing and symbolic monuments: the Champs-Élysées and the Bourse are just two examples of the grand projects the Emperor desired, but there were others which never materialised. By reproducing the plans of the Emperor's aborted schemes, this Atlas allows the reader to discover the Paris of Napoleon's imagination, the grandest of all nineteenth-century capitals whose meteoric rise was so abruptly cut (along with Napoleon's) in 1815.
Table of contents:
The “Première capitale de l'univers”, preface by Thierry Lentz

I. The faces of the capital
II. Living in Paris
III. The organisation of Paris
IV. Paris, capital of the world
V. Places of power and knowledge
VI. The Emperor and the imperial circle

Read an interview with the authors here.

Place and publisher: Paris: Éditions Parigramme

Date of publication: 2014

Number of pages: 224

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