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Rupert Christiansen
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City of Light

Rupert Christiansen


Head of Zeus

History of architecture;
European history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900


208 pages

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A sparkling, authoritative account of the reinvention of Paris in the mid-nineteenth century as the most beautiful, exciting city in the world - a position it has never relinquished.

In 1853 the French emperor Louis Napoleon inaugurated a vast and ambitious programme of public works, directed by Georges-Eugene Haussmann, the prefect of the Seine. Haussmann's renovation of Paris would transform the old medieval city of squalid slums and disease-ridden alleyways into a 'City of Light' - characterised by wide boulevards, apartment blocks, parks, squares and public monuments, new railway stations and department stores and a new system of public sanitation.

City of Light charts a fifteen-year project of urban renewal which - despite the interruptions of war, revolution, corruption and bankruptcy - would set a template for nineteenth and early twentieth-century urban planning and create the enduring and globally familiar layout of modern Paris.

By:   Rupert Christiansen
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781786694546
ISBN 10:   1786694549
Series:   The Landmark Library
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rupert Christiansen is the opera critic and arts columnist for the Daily Telegraph. His books include Tales of the New Babylon: Paris in the Mid-19th Century and Romantic Affinities: Portraits From an Age 1780-1830. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997.

'A beautifully produced compact book, written and put together with the rare combination of expertise and love' Engineering and Technology Magazine. '[An] elegant and gorgeously illustrated new book' Sunday Telegraph. 'Vivid, dramatic and tragic ... If you are heading for Paris this summer be sure to put City of Light in your bag' Sunday Times. 'Brisk, vivid and unexpectedly stirring ... No one writes as evocatively and entertainingly about Paris as [Christiansen] does' Mail on Sunday. '[A] sparkling yet scholarly new book' Country Life. 'If anyone could convert me to Haussmann it is Rupert Christiansen. His elegant extended essay is a love letter to a city in architectural revolution. Christiansen writes about the streets he clearly loves with wit and elan. Not a dud sentence. Every page is a pleasure, every building, every gas lamp brought shimmering to life ... Don't board the Eurostar without a copy' The Times.

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