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Paris from the Ground Up (From the Ground Up)

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Paris is the most personal of cities. There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernist--a Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple perspectives into focus throughout this concise, unique history of the City of Light.

His panorama begins with an ancient Gallic fortress on the Seine, burned to the ground by its own defenders in a vain effort to starve out Caesar's legions. After ninth-century raids by the Vikings ended, Parisians expanded the walls of their tiny sanctuary on the Ile de la Cité, turning the river's right bank into a thriving commercial district and the Rive Gauche into a college town. Gothic spires expressed a taste for architectural novelty, matched only by the palaces and pleasure gardens of successive monarchs whose ingenuity made Paris the epitome of everything French. The fires of Revolution threatened all that had come before, but Baron Haussmann saw opportunity in the wreckage. No planned city in the world is more famous than his.

Paris from the Ground Up allows readers to trace the city's evolution in its architecture and art--from the Roman arena to the Musée d'Orsay, from the Louvre's defensive foundations to I. M. Pei's transparent pyramids. Color maps, along with identifying illustrations, make the city accessible to visitors by foot, Metro, or riverboat.

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Paris is the most personal of cities. There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernist--a Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple perspectives into focus throughout this concise, unique history of the City of Light. Color maps, along with identifying illustrations, make the city accessible to visitors by foot, Metro, or riverboat.

About the Author

James H. S. McGregor is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.

University of Georgia

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  1. Outpost of Empire
  2. The Cathedral of Notre Dame
  3. Gothic Ascendancy
  4. Foundations of the Louvre
  5. City of Light
  6. The Limits of Royal Ambition
  7. Revolution and Redesign
  8. Paris on the Edge
  • Information
  • Further Reading
  • Acknowledgments
  • Illustration Credits
  • Index
  • Maps

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674057388
Author:
Mcgregor, James H. S.
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Author:
McGregor, James H. S.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
General
Subject:
France
Subject:
World History-France
Subject:
ARCHITECTURE / General
Subject:
TRAVEL / Europe / France
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
From the Ground Up
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
November 2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
105 color illustrations, 30 halftones, 1
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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