Historical Dictionary Of Paris

Historical Dictionary Of Paris

by Alfred Fierro
     
 

There exist thousands of books covering every theme of Parisian life. Several hundred of these are guide books issued only in the last decade, and a few dictionaries of important Parisian monuments. However, not until now has a single comprehensive work, encompassing not only the existing buildings of this great city but also information about its past and present

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There exist thousands of books covering every theme of Parisian life. Several hundred of these are guide books issued only in the last decade, and a few dictionaries of important Parisian monuments. However, not until now has a single comprehensive work, encompassing not only the existing buildings of this great city but also information about its past and present economic and social institutions, made its appearance. The Historical Dictionary of Paris begins with an extensive historical chapter of the twenty centuries that separate the Gallic farmers and Roman builders of the city through present-day Paris. The dictionary portion of the book contains over 400 entries and deals with various features of life in Paris. It includes brief biographical sketches of well-known Parisian personalities such as Etienne Marcel, Charles Baudelaire, Maurice Chevalier, Coco Chanel, and Jacques Chirac. The book also contains descriptions of the principal districts and monuments of the city, and numerous thematic entries covering a variety of topics, from commercials and cultural activities of the past, to luxury grocery shops and world famous art galleries and bistros. The book concludes with a large bibliography of nearly one thousand titles, most of them recent and in English. Also includes a chronology of Paris, four maps, and sixteen black and white photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

College & Research Libraries News
...an eclectic potpourri of facts and figures about the city on the Seine. The author...spices his entries with interesting trivia...a chronology, maps, acronyms, a bibliography, and statistical appendices enhance the value of this compact reference.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
...covers the breadth of Paris history and cultural development...the French aficianado will find this work useful.
Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie
...an eclectic potpourri of facts and figures about the city on the Seine. The author...spices his entries with interesting trivia...a chronology, maps, acronyms, a bibliography, and statistical appendices enhance the value of this compact reference.
C&Rl News
...an eclectic potpourri of facts and figures about the city on the Seine. The author...spices his entries with interesting trivia...a chronology, maps, acronyms, a bibliography, and statistical appendices enhance the value of this compact reference.

American Reference Books Annual
...covers the breadth of Paris history and cultural development...the French aficianado will find this work useful.
Booknews
This reference opens with a chronology and a chapter outlining major historical events, focusing on the years from the middle ages to the present. Some 300 entries of a paragraph or so describe monuments, palaces, and other buildings, parks, squares, and neighborhoods, as well as significant figures from political, economic, and cultural circles. A lengthy bibliography of over 1,000 titles is arranged by subject area. Statistical appendices give data on housing, population, and the economy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810833180
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Cities, States, and Regions Series, #4
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

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