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Titel: Paris Babylon : the Story of the Paris ...
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New York : Viking, 1994. Hardcover. Dustjacket. xii,435p. Bibliography. Index. Condition : very good. ISBN 9780670831319[KEYWORDS: HISTORY, SOCIALISM*, european history, Europaïsche Geschichte, Paris Commune. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 45404
Inhaltsangabe: Explaining how and why the revolutionary conflagration occurred, the Franco-Prussian War, and life in 1869 in Paris--a city obsessed with sex and money--an examination of the Paris Commune draws on various sources to evoke dramatic episodes of history.
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This engrossing history of the French capital during the 1870s by Somerset Maugham Prize-winner Christiansen (Romantic Affinities) begins by reprinting an 1869 travel guide to "gay and beautiful Paris" published just before the fall of Emperor Napoleon III during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Relying on a foundation of excellent research, and exercising great narrative skill, the author details Parisian political and social life before and after the war. A city attractive to tourists because of its visionary civic planning, rich culture and sensuality was brought to its knees by a Prussian siege that resulted in widespread starvation and death. Angered by financial hardships imposed by a monarchist assembly, elected after peace was restored, working-class Parisians formed a government in 1871; their "Paris Commune" rebelled against the ruling powers. Life during the following two-month civil war, which ended with the defeat of the commune and the execution of its leaders, is vividly described in this gripping social history. Illustrations not seen by PW.
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