Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann

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Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann

Transforming Paris The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann Today s Paris is largely the legacy of Baron Haussmann who created the City of Lights during the last half of the nineteenth century Although neither architect nor engineer Haussmann reshaped France

  • Title: Transforming Paris: The Life and Labors of Baron Haussmann
  • Author: David P. Jordan
  • ISBN: 9780226410388
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Today s Paris is largely the legacy of Baron Haussmann, who created the City of Lights during the last half of the nineteenth century Although neither architect nor engineer, Haussmann reshaped France s capital during his seventeen years as Prefect of the Seine under Napoleon III Haussmann demolished much of the crowded medieval Paris and replaced it with grand boulevaToday s Paris is largely the legacy of Baron Haussmann, who created the City of Lights during the last half of the nineteenth century Although neither architect nor engineer, Haussmann reshaped France s capital during his seventeen years as Prefect of the Seine under Napoleon III Haussmann demolished much of the crowded medieval Paris and replaced it with grand boulevards, majestic spaces, and triumphant monuments Set against the political intrigue and social upheavals of the era of the Commune and the revolutions of 1848, Transforming Paris reveals how Haussmann came to have the power to remake the city.At once an elegantly written biography of Haussmann and an accessible history of Paris s transition into a modern city, this book will appeal to historians and delight anyone intrigued by Paris.

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    1. Lauren Albert on said:

      If Haussmann could have grovelled at his own feet, I do believe he would have. A distinctly unlikeable man. His memoirs and letters bespeak a man whose arrogance is so great he feels no need to hide it. "In the twenty-two years that I have been in departmental administration," he wrote, "I have never seen a prefect greeted as I came to be greeted" Jordan writes of him, "Haussmann might inspire respect, but he rarely engendered friendshipHe had no instinct for personal affection; he generated no [...]

    2. Kitty on said:

      This was one of the resources for my research into the Paris Commune, 1871. Not only does this book provide wonderful information about the layout of Paris as we know it today, the author helped me understand the social stucture of the time. In addition, plans and actions detailed by the author dovetailed nicely with the subsequent rationale of the Communards.By itself, this book is very informative; as background information for a researcher, Jordan's volumn is crucial.

    3. Phil on said:

      Extremely detailed bio of the man who brought us the beautiful city we know today. Like New York's Robert Moses, he steamrollered over any opposition to build the boulevards (and the sewers) of Paris in the mid 19th century. A bit more reading than I needed to get the picture, it's well researched and documented. One small point - the author is very proud of the 19th century map used in the endpieces, but the print is to small to read. If you're familiar with Paris and really want to know how he [...]

    4. amy on said:

      Time for yet another paper on Haussmannization. When will they end? Maybe when I stop going back to architecture school. Anyway, this is a solid overview of Baron Haussmann's role in the overhaul of Paris c. 1850-1870. Insufficient attention is paid to the sewers, but I guess a girl can't have it all.

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