A History of New York

A History of New York

Paperback Columbia History of Urban Life

By (author) Francois Weil, Translated by Jody Gladding

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 224mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 14 July 2004
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231129351
  • ISBN 13: 9780231129350
  • Illustrations note: 59 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,107,341

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New York is not America, Francois Weil writes, "but what America promises, perhaps its greatest promise." It may be hard to believe, then, that the quintessential symbol of American enterprise and energy was once quite low in the political and social hierarchy. Weil takes on the New York of myth and offers a compelling chronicle of how it actually developed into a global city--what some have called the capital of the twenty-first century. He shows how the uneasy tension between capitalism and multiculturalism has been at the heart of the city's immense physical, social, economic, and cultural transformation--as well as of American notions of what urban "space" is, for whom it exists, and how it is used. The book also captures what makes the city exceptional--from the arts and literature to popular culture and party politics--and reveals New York as both a unique space and a model of American diversity.

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Francois Weil is directeur d'etudes and director of the Center for North American Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has taught at the Universities of Michigan and Virginia, and in 2003 he was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Tulane University. He is the author of Les Franco-Americains, 1860-1980 and Naissance de l'Amerique Urbaine, 1820-1920.Jody Gladding's many translations include The Devil's Cloth (Columbia) by Michel Pastoureau and Time Passing (Columbia) by Sylviane Agacinski. She is a poet and the author of Stone Crop.

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Weil skillfully weaves myriad details and insights about this multicultural metropolis into a coherent work. Library Journal Weil's coverage of the city's history after the late 19th century is concise and thought-provoking... Recommended. Choice April 05 Histories of New York City... are wither very thin, or very thick... in the under-five-pound category, this volume wins hands down. New York Journal of American History Summer 2005 Weil's Histoire de New York, published in French in 2000, deserves translation -- Eric Homberger Journal of American History 9/1/05 Skillfully translated. -- Angela M. Blake Urban History Vol. 32/2 2005 Weil offers compelling portraits of popular culture... Well done and interesting... Moving at the breathtaking speed. -- Keith D. Revell American Historical Review 2/1/2006

Table of contents

ForewordI The Province 1620-18201. The Ocean2. The Commencement of a TownII Queen of the New World 1820-18903. The Venice of the Atlantic4. The Empire City5. ManhattanIII Metropolitan Modernities 1890-19406. Greater New York7. The Promised City?8. The Lights of the CityIV Capital of the American Century 1940-20009. The Phoenix10. New York, New York!