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Collecting David Harvey's finest work on Paris during the second empire, Paris, Capital of Modernity offers brilliant insights ranging from the birth of consumerist spectacle on the Parisian boulevards, the creative visions of Balzac, Baudelaire and Zola, and the reactionary cultural politics of the bombastic Sacre Couer. The book is heavily illustrated and includes a number drawings, portraits and cartoons by Daumier, one of the greatest political caricaturists of the nineteenth century.

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David Harvey is one of the world's leading critical intellectuals. He is the author of 10 books, many of which are classics. He now teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center and the London School of Economics, after many years teaching at Johns Hopkins and Oxford.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A cultural and geographical history of Second Empire Paris 27 août 2008
Par M. A. Krul - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
David Harvey, the famous social geographer, is not particularly known for his work on cultural matters, having spent most of his career working on issues of political economy, spatial organization and (some) philosophy of the same. Nonetheless, "Paris, Capital of Modernity" is a partially cultural, partially political-geographical history of the modernization of Paris undertaken under the famous leadership of Georges Haussmann (1809-1891), who created the monument, park and boulevard systems for which Paris is now justly renowned. As context, Harvey analyzes the works and attitudes of famous writers of that period in Paris, such as Flaubert and De Balzac, in addition to providing many nice photographs and maps charting the changes and developments in France's capital.

As one can expect with Harvey, most of the work is spent on tracing the geographical and spatial aspects of the modernization and industrialization of Paris and its political background in the persons of Napoleon III, Emperor of France between 1852 and 1870, and Georges Haussmann. He shows the constellation of class forces that allowed Napoleon III to play various classes against each other, shifting support from financial capital to landlord powers and back, and the position Haussmann's developments had in this political ensemble. Although the initial material is a little dry, things get better as Harvey digs into the meat of the matter, where Haussmann does not appear as much as the hated enemy of the workers and wrecker of ancient Paris as he is often depicted, but rather as an embodiment of the 'creative destruction' that capitalism is when it fully comes into its own, as it did in France around this time. The tensions and furies caused by the combination of capitalist industrialization on the one hand, and the spatial and economic restructuring of Paris as such by Haussmann and speculators both would finally erupt into the Paris Commune of 1871, which inaugurated the permanent end of the power of both reaction and a bloody repression of socialism in France.

The book is written with the usual subtlety, political understanding, and nuance of Harvey's best work. Whether the literary additions to the work are an improvement or a distraction perhaps depends on taste, all the more since the first chapter, entirely on De Balzac's oeuvre, is rather at variance with the topic of the rest of the work. But although the topic of Paris' furious ascent into modernity is not quite a new topic (addressed famously by Walter Benjamin, for example), Harvey's book is a worthy addition to Marx' own studies on the history of France: "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Napoleon Bonaparte" (The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte) and "The Civil War in France" (The Civil War in France: The Paris Commune).
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Historic Capitalist Template for Urban Renewal 4 février 2012
Par Paul F Tioxon - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
David Harvey as a renowned scholar only adds to his contributions to understanding not only Paris and Modernity, but Urban Renewal as a creative phase of Capitalism, as it seeks out new spaces within preexisting cities to invest surplus capital, employ labor and grow the future capacity for capital flowing in and out of globally connected regions.

It is not only an intellectual grasp demonstrated here, but a grasp using multiple points of reference. The book is carefully designed to display political cartoons, illustrations, early photos and fine artwork to show the story he is trying to tell. Additionally, you will find an enlightening use of literature, novels, poetry, as well references from scholarly histories, and contemporary writings to tell the story of the remaking of Old Paris into the City Of Light, the grandest spectacle of urban beauty. A more recent example of this story would be Edmund Bacon's herculean reinvention of Philadelphia or Robert Moses reshaping NYC to ready it for the post industrial American Century. Baron Haussmann was the planner and driving force behind the renewal and expansion of Paris into a great global urban center, who carried out his renewal during what is referred to as the 2nd Empire period of France. He secured the political patronage of Napoleon III. For nearly 2 decades from 1853-1870 and continuing on well until after he was dismissed from his power, Paris became a construction site. Demolition of the old Medieval narrow streets and alleys and construction of new boulevards and grand monuments and public spaces became the hallmark of modern cities around the world.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worthy Reading for non-Francophiles and Francophiles alike 20 juillet 2013
Par Lorraine Gambert - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Loved the visual descriptions of Paris. And enjoyed the way the author blended the historical figures and brought the story up to contemporary times. It made me want to re-read the story immediately after reading it just to put myself back into it.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Paris as archetype 5 décembre 2003
Par Bo K. - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Implicitly taking his start from Benjamin's sketches of Paris as the "capitol" of the 19th century, Harvey analyses the elements that transformed Paris from medieval labrynth to modern bourgeois metropolis and the corresponding effect that this had on all levels of the class structure, men and women, and the spatial geography of the city itself. He starts with Balzac and Baudelaire, as all such studies must; but quickly moves out of literature and into history, looking at the changes in the city geography begun by Hausmann. Harvey uses his familiar metaphor of changes in geography as a symbol of the changes wrought by modernity. Excellent, pointed read for those interested in Paris and French history, urban development, and the effects of capital on capitols. Great bibliography too!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 24 septembre 2015
Par N. Serrano - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Excellent book for understanding the modern world. Should be required read for all undergraduates.
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