Paris, Capital of Modernity

Paris, Capital of Modernity


By (author) David Harvey

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 183mm x 234mm x 25mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 8 December 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415952204
  • ISBN 13: 9780415952200
  • Illustrations note: 118 black & white illustrations, 9 black & white tables, 5 black & white halftones
  • Sales rank: 256,182

Product description

Collecting David Harvey's finest work on Paris during the second empire, Paris, Capital of Modernity offers brilliant insights ranging from the birth of consumerist spectacle on the Parisian boulevards, the creative visions of Balzac, Baudelaire and Zola, and the reactionary cultural politics of the bombastic Sacre Couer. The book is heavily illustrated and includes a number drawings, portraits and cartoons by Daumier, one of the greatest political caricaturists of the nineteenth century.

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Author information

David Harvey is one of the world's leading critical intellectuals. He is the author of 10 books, many of which are classics. He now teaches at the CUNY Graduate Center and the London School of Economics, after many years teaching at Johns Hopkins and Oxford.

Review quote

"'Harvey's work is notable for the sheer diversity of sources he draws on... A stunning book that will engage anyone with an interest in 19th century politics and urbanism... a definitive work on the historical geography of Paris which shows tremendous insight, forceful arguments, and above all, an obvious passion.' - Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 'Harvey brings one of the most fascinating and confounding periods of French - or for that, European - history into sharp relief.' Publishers Weekly 'Much more than a simple narrative... [a] complex and sophisticated work.' - Library Journal 'David Harvey is perhaps the most important urban scholar writing in the English language, and here he is at his best.' - Thomas Bender, author of The Unfinished City: New York and the Metropolitan idea"

Table of contents

Introduction: Modernity as Break Part One: Representations: Paris 1830-1848 1. The Myths of Modernity: Balzac's Paris 2. Dreaming the Body Politic: Revolutionary Politics and Utopian Schemes, 1830-1848 Part Two: Materializations: Paris 1848-1870 Prologue 3. The Production of Space 4. Money, Credit and Finance 5. Rent and the Propertied Interest 6. The State 7. Abstract and Concrete Labor 8. The Buying and Selling of Labor Power 9. The Reproduction of Labor Power 10. Consumerism, Spectacle and Leisure 11. Community and Class 12. National Relations 13. Science and Sentiment, Modernity and Tradition 14. Rhetoric and Representation 15. The Geopolitics of Urban Transformation Coda: The Building of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur Notes Bibliography Illustration Credits and Acknowledgements Index