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Paris from the Ground Up

Paris from the Ground Up

by James H. S. McGregor


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Paris from the Ground Up

Paris is the most personal of cities. There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernist—a Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe. James H. S. McGregor brings these multiple perspectives into focus throughout this concise, unique history of the City of Light.

His panorama begins with an ancient Gallic fortress on the Seine, burned to the ground by its own defenders in a vain effort to starve out Caesar’s legions. After ninth-century raids by the Vikings ended, Parisians expanded the walls of their tiny sanctuary on the Ile de la Cité, turning the river’s right bank into a thriving commercial district and the Rive Gauche into a college town. Gothic spires expressed a taste for architectural novelty, matched only by the palaces and pleasure gardens of successive monarchs whose ingenuity made Paris the epitome of everything French. The fires of Revolution threatened all that had come before, but Baron Haussmann saw opportunity in the wreckage. No planned city in the world is more famous than his.

Paris from the Ground Up allows readers to trace the city’s evolution in its architecture and art—from the Roman arena to the Musée d’Orsay, from the Louvre’s defensive foundations to I. M. Pei’s transparent pyramids. Color maps, along with identifying illustrations, make the city accessible to visitors by foot, Metro, or riverboat.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674033160
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 04/20/2009
Series: From the Ground Up Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

James H. S. McGregor is Emeritus Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia.

Table of Contents

The Hiberno-Latin Background of the Leabhar Breac Homily 'In cena Domini'
Jean Rittmueller

Béarlagair na Saor
William J. Mahon

Dahut and Gradlon
Amy Varin

Mediterranean Influences on Insular Manuscript lllumination
James E. Doan

Two Strands: Cultural Identity and Alienation in the Novels of Tarlach ó hUid
Philip T. O'Leary

Scéla Mucce Meic Dathó: A Reappraisal
Cornelius G. Buttimer

Sidelights on History: The Book of Magauran and the Annals
Margo R. Griffin-Wilson

Gaulish eti-c, ei-c
John T. Koch

Dialect as a Didactic Tool: Maria Edgeworth's Hiberno-English
Joyce Flynn

Old Welsh Computus Fragment and Bede's Pagina Regularis: Part I
John Armstrong III

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
macgregor's is a brilliant series! well researched and compelling. a stimulating adjunct to the history-minded traveler.