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Paris from the Ground Up
 
 
Author
James H.S. McGregor.
Publisher Harvard  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780674033160
Pages/Publication Date 338/2009
Daedalus Item Code 40053
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There is a Paris for the medievalist, and another for the modernist; a Paris for expatriates, philosophers, artists, romantics, and revolutionaries of every stripe, notes James McGregor, who brings these multiple perspectives together in this historical panorama based on surviving structures. McGregor 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 9th-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.

"Combining chronological history with a cultural exploration of all things architectural, artistic and practical, this volume is a popular record that could serve as a comprehensive textbook for City of Lights 101."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 
 
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