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



Original Language: French | 272 pp. | September 2017

2 Seas Represents: World Translation rights excl. French.

Over 2,500 copies sold


Format: 16 x 24 cm

“The authors have managed to reconstruct the social landscape of sixteen Parisian sites, from the most banal to the most unique…Not the Paris of secret monuments or unusual sites, but rather the Paris of its people, of their jobs, a city filled with a vibrant social history teeming almost invisibly below the surface, hidden from the gaze of passer-by’s.” – Le Monde de Livres

“Drawn from the explorations of unpublished or little known archival material, this work, written by a duo, proposes an original exploration of the capital, with the aim of highlighting its tremendous diversity.” – Le Figaro littéraire

“Those who enjoy subtle, erudite and sociable outings will be won over by these sixteen guided routes around Paris.” – Le Novel L’Obs

“History has run rings around Paris as shown by two historians who propose sixteen walks around Paris that are more scholarly than they are touristy…From La Bastille to the cemetery of Père-Lachaise, to Place de la République, the echoes of these great, oppositional historic sites demonstrate to both scholars and the mighty alike, that streets can also make history.” – L’Humanité

“Interesting historical and sociological essay and very original tour-guide, this collection could also be good material for dreamers and novelists. Who will tell the story of twenty-six single dancers gathered in 1931, in the hotel on 74, rue de Provence? That of a couple of concierges, the only inhabitants, that same year, of 44, Champs-Elysées? There does not lie the least charm of these sixteen promenades.” – Le Monde

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.