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16 Historical Promenades in Paris (Seize promenades historiques dans Paris)

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Original Language: French | 256 pp. | September 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Translation rights excl. French.

ESSAY | HISTORY | URBANISM

Wandering in Paris with two historians, specialists in Urban History.

A map and extra documents focusing on unknown aspects complete each promenade.

Have you ever noticed that all the major automobile constructors had their showrooms along the Champs-Élysées? While enjoying a delicious French meal in Rue Saint-Dominique, have you ever wondered why they still serve popular dishes that manual laborers used to enjoy more frequently than the bourgeois population of the street today? Do you know why Rue Monge and Rue Mouffetard differ so much from each other despite their proximity?

Jean-Luc Pinol and Maurice Garden invite you to walk with them along 16 emblematic streets of Paris in order to discover the marks of the city’s social evolution. Rural villages, industry, domesticity, bourgeoisie, art, annexed suburbs, urban areas: Paris has always been very diverse and it still shows. While reading this book you will not only travel through Paris, but also discover its social and political history, giving you the keys to understand more profoundly what you can feel and see in Paris today.

Jean-Luc Pinol is Honorary Professor of Contemporaneous History at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, specialist in Urban History. Maurice Garden is now Professor Emeritus at various universities and specialist in Social History of Paris. Together, they wrote An Atlas of the Parisians from the French Revolution to modern Paris, published at Parigramme and awarded with the Ptolémée Award at the Festival de Saint-Dié, the most important geography convention in France.