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Seven ages of Paris

1st American ed.

Published by Knopf, Distributed by Random House in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In this luminous portrait of Paris, celebrated historian Alistair Horne gives us the history, culture, disasters, and triumphs of one of the world's truly great cities. Horne makes plain that while Paris may be many things, it is never boring. From the rise of Philippe Auguste through the reigns of Henry IV and Louis XIV (who abandoned Paris for Versailles); Napoleon's rise and fall; Baron Haussmann's rebuilding of Paris (at the cost of much of the medieval city); the Belle Epoque and the Great War that brought it to an end; the Nazi Occupation, the Liberation, and the postwar period dominated by de Gaulle--Horne brings the city's highs and lows, savagery and sophistication, and heroes and villains splendidly to life. With a keen eye for the telling anecdote and pivotal moment, he portrays an array of vivid incidents to show us how Paris endures through each age, is altered but always emerges more brilliant and beautiful than ever. The Seven Ages of Paris is a great historian's tribute to a city he loves and has spent a lifetime learning to know. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

Foreword / Maurice Druon
Preface
A note on money
Introduction : From Caesar to Abelard
Age one 1180-1314 : Philippe Auguste.
Sunday at Bouvines
Capital city
The Templars' curse
Age two 1314-1643 : Henri IV.
Besieged
Worth a mass
Regicide, regent and Richelieu
Age three 1643-1795 : Louis XIV.
The move to Versailles
A building boom
Death of the Ancien Régime
Age four 1795-1815 : Napoleon.
Empire and reform
The most beautiful city that could ever exist
Downfall of an empire
Age five 1815-1871 : The Commune.
Constitutional monarchy and revolt
The second empire
L'annee terrible
Age six 1871-1940 : The Treaty of Versailles.
Belle Epoque
The Great War The phoney peace
Age seven 1940-1969 : De Gaulle.
The occupation
I was France
Les jours de Mai
Epilogue : Death in Paris : the Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 428-436) and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
944/.361
Library of Congress
DC707 .H74 2002

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xvii, 458 p., [24] p. of plates
Number of pages
458
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL17608307M
Internet Archive
sevenagesofparis00alis
ISBN 10
0679454810
ISBN 13
9780679454816
LC Control Number
2002029653
OCLC/WorldCat
50253237
Library Thing
13693
Goodreads
572387
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