A History of New Yorkby Francois Weil
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
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
Weil's Histoire de New York, published in French in 2000, deserves translation
Weil offers compelling portraits of popular culture... Well done and interesting... Moving at the breathtaking speed.
Weil's coverage of the city's history after the late 19th century is concise and thought-provoking.... Recommended.
Histories of New York City... are wither very thin, or very thick... in the under-five-pound category, this volume wins hands down.
Angela M. Blake
Keith D. Revell
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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.
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.
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.
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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