Paris, Capital of Modernity, Paperback Book
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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 118 black & white illustrations, 9 black & white tables, 5 black & white halftones
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780415952200

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A beautifully written story of the social and geographical transformation of Paris during the Industrial Revolution, illustrated with old photographs and drawings, recounted through the lens of the working class. The level of brutality and conflict between republicans, monarchist, and the Communards, is shocking to the modern reader and creates an appreciation of the bloody history behind the great city of Paris.