Paris Reborn: Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann, and the Quest to Build a Modern City

Category: Book
By (author): Kirkland, Stephane
Subject:  HISTORY / Europe / France
  HISTORY / Europe / Western
  HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: May 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.30in x 6.18in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*In the mid-nineteenth century, the Paris we know today was born, the vision of two extraordinary men: the endlessly ambitious Emperor Napoleon III and his unstoppable accomplice, Baron Haussmann. This is the vivid and engrossing account of the greatest transformation of a major city in modern history. Traditionally known as a dirty, congested, and dangerous city, Paris 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 masterpiece of the Second Empire, the Opera 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 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-Eugene 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. Stephane Kirkland's Paris Reborn is a must-read for anyone who ever wondered how Paris, the city universally admired as a standard of urban beauty, became what it is.
Review Quote*"In the course of two decades in the mid-nineteenth century, Paris was transformed from a medieval town into a modern city… .Wide-ranging and readable history."- The New Yorker "Stephane Kirkland recalls how the City of Light got its luster."- Vanity Fair "A fine account of the reconstruction of Paris… .Kirkland clearly knows Paris intimately, writes lucid and engaging prose, and is both spirited in his advocacy of Napoleon III and clear-eyed about how he was able to do what he did." -Washington Post
Biographical NoteStephane Kirkland holds advanced degrees in architecture and art history and has worked as an architect and as a consultant. He now shares his time between Brooklyn and Paris, writing about architecture, urban planning, and history. STEPHANE KIRKLAND holds advanced degrees in architecture and art history and has worked as an architect and as a consultant. He now shares his time between Brooklyn and Paris, writing about architecture, urban planning, and history. He is the author of Paris Reborn .