Book has too small print, almost no maps and those it has are hard-to-impossible to read, too many drawings of silly 17th century clothing fashions and not nearly enough of buildings, streets, bridges, etc that we would recognize. Better pictures and maps would have helped to make the book interesting to me. I've been to Paris, but the author seemed to assume much more familiarity with streets and buildings than I possess. Maybe I'm just not the intended audience. I have zero interest in fashion of any century, so probably I'm not the kind of person the author was looking for.
puts events in context - political, economic, effect on other cities of Europe...author did a wonderful job putting this story together!
"Documents the century-long transformation of Paris from a medieval centre to the modern city that is recognised today, revealing how the Parisian urban model was actually invented in the 1700s when period leaders tore down fortifications, created public parks and constructed streets and bridges." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/07a6a31c-7455-4328-9850-87f64b0c952f?postId=4ba36ab2-e78e-4e70-abde-d37ee7b88a73
Although most people think of Paris as the city that Baron Haussmann built in the 19th century, Dejean argues that it was the Bourbon monarchs of the 17th cenutry who transformed Paris into the prototypical modern city.
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