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A Traveller's History of Paris (Traveller's History)

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Packed with facts, anecdotes, and insight, A Traveller's History of Paris offers a complete history of the city and the people who have shaped its destiny. Illustrated with line drawings and historical maps.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2015 by Interlink Books (first published 1994)
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May 06, 2010 Madeline rated it really liked it
A very amusing and interesting book about Paris, but don't try using it as a guidebook. More like supplemental reading. But I enjoyed it a lot, mostly for the following paragraph, which perfectly illustrates why I aime the French so much.

"As always, Parisians confronted change with mixed emotions. On 29 May 1913 Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps premiered at the Theatre de Champs-Elysees. The composer described it as a ballet suite based upon a 'solemn pagan rite: sage elders, seated in a
Mar 08, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
In anticipation of our upcoming trip to France, this seemed like the perfect book to read. I didn't love it as much as I wanted to, and I think maybe it's because the author doesn't seem to love Paris as much as I do. Or maybe I just want to look back on Paris's history with rose colored glasses, and he was a little more realistic. In any case, the book was ok, but focused a lot on violence and pestilence (of which there was plenty in the last 2000 years of Parisian history). I just prefer to th ...more
Feb 12, 2009 Evin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first encountered this book in a college bookstore among the texts. It was required reading for a curriculum-based trip to France. I was surprised to find that though nestled among texts, this book was a refreshingly light read with insightful tidbits into Paris' grand history. Punctuated with simple sketches for illustrations, the book offers a great deal of behind-the-scenes information which enriches any trip to Paris let along anyone with a crush on the City of Light. I frequently include ...more
Maria Medvedeva
Apr 18, 2015 Maria Medvedeva rated it really liked it
I am reading it before a trip to Paris and for someone like me, who does not have a lot of prior knowledge if French history this book works out really well. I tried Concise history of France by Roger Price first, but found it extremely boring and unsuitable for a novice. A traveller's history of Paris is quite easy to follow and there is a lot of relevant information about the city and some prominent buildings. I can recommend it.
Mark B.
May 10, 2009 Mark B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: paris
Just enough history to help you make sense of what you'll see in every museum, every street name and, well, every grotty little corner of Pairs. Even if you abhor history, you'll take to this read as it's written in a very approachable and enjoyable way. No deep analysis or excessive amounts of detail, but really helpful in wrapping your head around a place so steeped in historical events that you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't at least make a pale attempt at tuning yourself in t ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Kaigham rated it liked it
Highly recommend you take this book with you when you go to Paris. Not necessary that you read it before you go--- it's just as easily read in useful, appropriate chunks (perhaps while waiting for the Metro or sitting on bench along the Seine...) when you're actually in Paris.

Just the right amount of detail (about a microsecond before my eyes start to glaze over, the book moves on to another topic) with broad coverage of the city's history, from the pre-Roman/Roman settlements (did you know the
Oct 19, 2009 Phil rated it really liked it
Shelves: travel, france
Another in the Traveller's Histories Series that I've used before. Just enough detail to give the reader with an average knowledge of history going in to be able to appreciate the place he or she's visiting in it's historical context. I've read others on Tokyo and China and they both heped me understand the places we visited. I'll be in Paris next year, so I'm studying up!

Somewhat dry, as others in the series, but it's factual history, not historical fiction.

Settle into the easy chair with this
Jan 16, 2012 David rated it liked it
Because it tackles a smaller subject, this was a better traveller's guide than the History of France. He does say where you could find remnants of historical places in modern Paris. This also has an appendix of buildings, parks, etc., which is handy for touristing.

Even though short, his review of politics in the 20th century, particularly of the popularity of right wing political parties, was enlightening.
Jan 16, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Concise history of the city of Paris. The author must be English or a big Anglophile due to some of the snide remarks referring to the French and Americans. This book was recommended to me to read before traveling to France. I'm not sure that I would have finished reading if it hadn't been.
Sep 16, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
A really interesting book, but not a travel guide. This books gives snippets of the history of Paris, it's a great book to read in combination with a travel guide. I highly recommend it if your planning a trip to the area.
Sep 09, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: france, usa, travel, history
The best book about French history I have ever read.
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