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Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816673964

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816673964.001.0001

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Paris in the Nineteenth Century

Paris in the Nineteenth Century

(p.273) 18 Paris in the Nineteenth Century
Architecture since 1400

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter focuses on the nineteenth-century Paris created by Napoleon III, the nephew of the first, who came to power following the revolution in 1848 and became emperor in 1852. His few attempts to equal his uncle on the battlefield ended in unqualified disasters; he lost his throne in 1870. But he is the Napoleon who cannot be ignored by any student of the history of architecture or urbanism. Under his leadership, France’s industrial output finally began to come close to competing with that of Britain, and Paris was transformed from a dowdy metropolis into the most splendid city in the world. This new Paris also reinstated France’s claim to global leadership in the arts and in culture.

Keywords:   Napoleon III, Paris, nineteenth century, architecture, urbanism, architectural history

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