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Paris, Capital of Modernity

Paris, Capital of Modernity - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415952200

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ISBN10: 0415952204
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Publisher: Routledge N. Y.
Published: 2003
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Paris, Capital of Modernity - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0415952200

David Harvey

ISBN13: 978-0415952200
ISBN10: 0415952204
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Routledge N. Y.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

David Harvey's historical work on 19th century Paris is universally regarded as brilliant. As much as Benjamin and Marx, he has demonstrated the absolute centrality of capital in creating the modern city--its class relations, culture, urban form, and social life. Yet until now, this work has been squirreled away in various collections, journals, and one long out-of-print book.

In Paris, Capital of Modernity, Harvey brings together all of this material, along with some new essays, to present a sweeping account of the city in a remarkably turbulent era, framed by two failed revolutions. His key concern is how a new form of finance capitalism combined with a new type of planning vision to produce the prototypical modern city.

Also, there are brilliant insights throughout about subjects such as the birth of the consumerist spectacle on the Parisian boulevards; the creative visions of Balzac, Baudelaire, and Zola; and the reactionary cultural politics of the bombastic Sacré Coeur, the Catholic monument erected to efface all memory of the revolutionary Paris Commune that arose briefly when the empire collapsed.

Stunning in scope and form, Paris, Capital of Modernity is a long-awaited essential collection of David Harvey's magnificent writing on 19th century Paris.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Modernity as Break

Part One: Representations: Paris 1830-1848

1. The Myths of Modernity: Balzac's Paris
2. Dreaming the Body Politic: Revolutionary Politics and Utopian Schemes, 1830-1848

Part Two: Materializations: Paris 1848-1870

Prologue
3. The Production of Space
4. Money, Credit and Finance
5. Rent and the Propertied Interest
6. The State
7. Abstract and Concrete Labor
8. The Buying and Selling of Labor Power
9. The Reproduction of Labor Power
10. Consumerism, Spectacle and Leisure
11. Community and Class
12. National Relations
13. Science and Sentiment, Modernity and Tradition
14. Rhetoric and Representation
15. The Geopolitics of Urban Transformation
Coda: The Building of the Basilica of Sacre Coeur

Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Credits and Acknowledgements

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