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The heroic city

Paris, 1945-1958

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This edition was published in by The University of Chicago Press in Chicago, . London.

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The Heroic City is a sparkling account of the fate of Paris's public spaces in the years following Nazi occupation and joyful liberation. Countering the traditional narrative that Paris's public landscape became sterile and dehumanized in the 1940s and '50s, Rosemary Wakeman instead finds that the city's streets overflowed with ritual, drama, and spectacle. With frequent strikes and protests, young people and students on parade, North Africans arriving in the capital of the French empire, and radio and television shows broadcast live from the streets, Paris continued to be vital terrain.Wakeman analyzes the public life of the city from a variety of perspectives. A reemergence of traditional customs led to the return of festivals, street dances, and fun fairs, while violent protests and political marches, the housing crisis, and the struggle over decolonization signaled the political realities of postwar France. The work of urban planners and architects, the output of filmmakers and intellectuals, and the day-to-day experiences of residents from all walks of life come together in this vibrant portrait of a flamboyant and transformative moment in the life of the City of Light.

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Paris, 1945-1958

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The Heroic City is a sparkling account of the fate of Paris's public spaces in the years following Nazi occupation and joyful liberation. Countering the traditional narrative that Paris's public landscape became sterile and dehumanized in the 1940s and '50s, Rosemary Wakeman instead finds that the city's streets overflowed with ritual, drama, and spectacle. With frequent strikes and protests, young people and students on parade, North Africans arriving in the capital of the French empire, and radio and television shows broadcast live from the streets, Paris continued to be vital terrain.Wakeman analyzes the public life of the city from a variety of perspectives. A reemergence of traditional customs led to the return of festivals, street dances, and fun fairs, while violent protests and political marches, the housing crisis, and the struggle over decolonization signaled the political realities of postwar France. The work of urban planners and architects, the output of filmmakers and intellectuals, and the day-to-day experiences of residents from all walks of life come together in this vibrant portrait of a flamboyant and transformative moment in the life of the City of Light.

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Library of Congress DC737 .W26 2009
Dewey 944/.361082

The heroic city

Paris, 1945-1958

This edition was published in by The University of Chicago Press in Chicago, . London.


Table of Contents

Paris in the 1950's
The Landscape of populism
Public space and confrontation
Spatial imagination and the Avant-Garde
Paris as Cinematic space
The Left Bank
Planning Paris
Conclusion: Constructing the Paris of tomorrow.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
944/.361082
Library of Congress
DC737 .W26 2009, DC737.W26 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination
p. cm.

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23180471M
ISBN 10
0226870235
ISBN 13
9780226870236
LC Control Number
2009009146
Goodreads
5412373

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