A History of New York

A History of New York

by Francois Weil
     
 

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Beginning with the exploratory voyage of Henry Hudson and concluding with an account of the millenial celebrations in 1999, this volume provides a history of New York emphasizing the tension between capitalism and multiculturalism as the central theme of the city's history and identity, as well as the tension of New York existing simultaneously as local community and… See more details below

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Beginning with the exploratory voyage of Henry Hudson and concluding with an account of the millenial celebrations in 1999, this volume provides a history of New York emphasizing the tension between capitalism and multiculturalism as the central theme of the city's history and identity, as well as the tension of New York existing simultaneously as local community and global city. In addition examining political, economic, and cultural change in the city, he describes how wider changes in the Atlantic world impacted its nature and structure. Translated from the French work Histoire de New York. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Library Journal
In the first pages of Weil's history, the early European settlers of New Amsterdam buy Manhattan in 1626 from native people who lacked the concept of private property. The book ends in a period when Manhattan holds "countless young people, who spent their days in the business world getting rich." First published in French in 2000, Weil's book discusses the political and social conditions in Europe and Great Britain that brought the settlers to what is now New York. Weil (director, Ctr. for North American Studies, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris) skillfully weaves myriad details and insights about this multicultural metropolis into a coherent work. He includes demographic shifts, industry, employment, public health, real estate development, architectural achievements, and the pioneering media. He also explores New York's hold on the imagination and its cosmopolitan ideal. Weil writes extensively about New York intellectuals, covering both the immigrant experience and the place of communism. Translator Gladding provides the reader with eloquent English prose. Like Ric Burns and James Sanders's longer New York: An Illustrated History, this book includes the city's literary, cultural, and intellectual life while conveying a deep respect for the city as a singular entity. Weil's book finishes in 2000, an optimistic note. For New York history collections.-Elaine Machleder, Bronx, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Journal of American History - Eric Homberger

Weil's Histoire de New York, published in French in 2000, deserves translation

Urban History - Angela M. Blake

Skillfully translated.

American Historical Review - Keith D. Revell

Weil offers compelling portraits of popular culture... Well done and interesting... Moving at the breathtaking speed.

Choice

Weil's coverage of the city's history after the late 19th century is concise and thought-provoking.... Recommended.

New York Journal of American History

Histories of New York City... are wither very thin, or very thick... in the under-five-pound category, this volume wins hands down.

Journal of American History
Weil's Histoire de New York, published in French in 2000, deserves translation

— Eric Homberger

Urban History
Skillfully translated.

— Angela M. Blake

American Historical Review
Weil offers compelling portraits of popular culture... Well done and interesting... Moving at the breathtaking speed.

— Keith D. Revell

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231129343
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/07/2004
Series:
Columbia History of Urban Life Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Michael Kammen

François Weil, an eminent historian, brings a brilliant trans-Atlantic perspective to this eminently readable (and clearly translated) contribution to our understanding of urban growth and transformation. He provides broad scope with no loss of intriguing detail, ranging from the business firms that propelled the booming nineteenth-century economy to the growing demand for square feet of office space in the twentieth century. Apt illustrations and impressive control of the vast literature on New York City make this a most attractive and up-to-date overview of a unique American city.

Alan Brinkley

This intelligent, beautifully written, and relatively brief history of New York City is a wonderfully original synthesis of a vast body of scholarship. Its author is one of the leading European historians of the United States, and this book reflects both an insider's intimate knowledge of the city, and an outsider's ability to place New York's history in a global context.

Thomas Bender

A History of New York is a remarkable work of historical synthesis by an outstanding historian who brings a uniquely informed yet detached view to the history of the city. Grounded in serious scholarship yet quite readable, the book is generous in scope. Francois Weil is particularly strong writing about the economic history and physical development of the city, yet he explores the city's social, political, and cultural history with great skill as well.

Olivier Zunz

A concise history of New York City is a singular achievement. In this remarkably clear and lucid synthesis of four centuries of urban capitalism, François Weil explores how New York City has a history that is simultaneously unique and an exemplar of American power and diversity.

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