Paris from the ground up

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,
Pub. Date:
2009.
Language:
English
Description

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.

More Details
ISBN:
9780674033160
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID b584d1ed-b27d-5470-3f2d-721fc6d41491
full_title paris from the ground up
author mcgregor james h
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-12-04 04:58:57AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
author McGregor, James H. (James Harvey), 1946-
author_display McGregor, James H
available_at_arlington Shirlington
collection_arlington Adult Nonfiction
detailed_location_arlington Central Adult Nonfiction, Shirlington Adult Nonfiction
display_description
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id b584d1ed-b27d-5470-3f2d-721fc6d41491
isbn 9780674033160
item_details ils:.b1318460x|.i14092141|Central Adult Nonfiction|944.361 MCGRE|||1|false|false|||||Due Dec 28, 2017|Jun 05, 2016|can||, ils:.b1318460x|.i14092153|Shirlington Adult Nonfiction|944.361 MCGRE|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|May 22, 2017|san||
itype_arlington Hardback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Non Fiction
literary_form_full Non Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington 944.361 MCGRE
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Central, Shirlington
primary_isbn 9780674033160
publishDate 2009
record_details ils:.b1318460x|Book|Books||English|Belknap Press of Harvard University Press,|2009.|327 p., [10] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.), maps (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b1318460x|.i14092141|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true|999|||, ils:.b1318460x|.i14092153|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet Paris (France) -- Description and travel, Paris (France) -- History
title_display Paris from the ground up
title_full Paris from the ground up / James H.S. McGregor
title_short Paris from the ground up