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"actually built portions of it on a straight line"
Paperback, 245 pages
Published April 1972 by Princeton University Press (first published December 1958)
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Nate
A very in depth look at Napoleon IIIs and Haussmanns redevelopment of Paris. Some criticism of the rebuilt city, but mostly an exhaustive study of the politics and stages of the rebuilding. The boulevards, monumental buildings and new building facades are by far the most famous part of this rebuilding, but I found the history of the sewers to be the most fascinating. Images of leaking carts laden with "night soil" creaking through the cobbled streets were very vivid.
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Phil
Not exactly a page-turner, but not a dull historical essay either. At least as much about Baron Haussmann as Napoleon III, it illustrates how Haussmann was able to implement Napoleon's plan for the long, broad boulevards and uniform building heights that so defines today's Paris.
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