Mary Louise Roberts, University of Wisconsin
"By means of an empirically rich, intensive study of a single year, Paris and the Spirit of 1919 makes a fundamental contribution to our understanding of both the French state and the transformation of the working class in the twentieth century. Tyler Stovall succeeds admirably in bringing together the histories of consumerism and labor, drawing on and incisively contributing to both historiographies. The book is a pleasure to read; it is elegantly written, beautifully argued, and well-documented."
Leora Auslander, University of Chicago
"Shifting the focus of postwar France from 1920 - the birth of the Communist Party, the beginning of Moscow's lasting graft on French politics - to 1919 is no small feat. The capital of modern culture also appears as a crossroads between colonial and migrant families looking for an insertion into the metropolis, consumers and renters taking the home and the market as reasons for collective action, and strikers trying to change the international and national world of work. Both exclusions and social movements are powerful sources of the recasting of urban France, not only elites and avant-gardes."
Patrick Fridenson, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
"Original and thought-provoking. Highly recommended."
"Stovall draws a rich tapestry of the social fabric of the Paris region, granting due attention to the specifics of urban space and to the details of occupational profiles ... Students and scholars interested in the effects of World War I, in urban history, in labor history, and in French history should all take note of this book."
"This book is full of argument and richly evocative of a city remade by war and roiled by a hurricane of public protest, the likes of which it had not seen since the days of the Paris Commune."
Philip Nord, The Journal of Modern History