Haussmann

Haussmann

by Michel Carmona, Patrick Camiller
     
 

ISBN-10: 156663427X

ISBN-13: 9781566634274

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

Baron Haussmann, the famous “architect” of modern Paris, has been an enigma for historians for more than a century. But in Michel Carmona, the baron has found a biographer worthy of his fascinating and influential life. Haussmann is not, however, a book only about the controversial prefect of the Seine: Mr. Carmona has effectively set his life against

Overview

Baron Haussmann, the famous “architect” of modern Paris, has been an enigma for historians for more than a century. But in Michel Carmona, the baron has found a biographer worthy of his fascinating and influential life. Haussmann is not, however, a book only about the controversial prefect of the Seine: Mr. Carmona has effectively set his life against the background of nineteenth-century European society. Exhaustively researched and written with remarkable balance, the book is as much a social and political history as it is a biography. We see Haussmann’s early years and his entry into civic life as an administrator; the problems of urban existence faced by the city of Paris; Haussmann’s reign as the designated chief of Napoléon III’s grand scheme for the renewal of the French capital; and the so-called ”Haussmannization” of Paris. Some observers today still see Haussmann’s grands travaux as the criminal work of a modern Nero—a man intent on destroying old Paris and willing to cook the books and throw poor people out of their homes in order to achieve his ends. Others see him as a clairvoyant creator of the modern, hygienic, and organized city, who created a style that would become a model for urban transformation. Mr. Carmona has examined the record and has written a superb biography that will be of special interest to architects, urban planners, and anyone interested in the life of great cities. With 12 pages of black-and-white illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566634274
Publisher:
Ivan R Dee
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.68(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.62(d)

Table of Contents

Part IA Dedicated Administrator
1The Prince, Paris, Haussmann5
2Haussmann Before Haussmann13
3Subprefect in the Age of the Bourgeois King31
4The End of Louis-Philippe's Reign46
5First Steps in the Second Republic52
6Prefect for the Var72
7From Auxerre to Bordeaux88
Part IIParis, the City with all the Problems
8The Frenetic Growth of a Capital113
9The Splendor and the Squalor126
10The Transformation of Paris: The Curtain Rises, 1849-1853149
Part IIIPrefect for the Seine
11Paris Gets a New Prefect169
12Haussmann in Control192
13Friends and Enemies205
14The First New System216
15Imperial Festivities246
16The 180-Million-Franc Agreement281
17Incorporation of the Suburban Communes and the Third System308
18Financial Difficulties340
19The Lion Grown Old368
Part IVHaussmannization
20The Ends and the Means385
21Modern Infrastructures396
22Public Buildings407
23The Golden Age of Real Estate417
24"An Epoch in the History of City Planning"432
AppendicesMaps of Paris440
Chronology446
Notes467
Bibliography477
Index491

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