How Paris Became Paris

How Paris Became Paris

The Invention of the Modern City

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In this compelling portrait of a city in transition, Joan DeJean shows that by 1700 Paris had become the capital that would transform forever our conception of the city and of urban life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781608195916
Branch Call Number: 944.36103 D3688H 2014
Characteristics: 307 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Aug 20, 2017

Book has too small print, almost no maps and those it has are hard-to-impossible to read, too many drawings of silly 17th century clothing fashions and not nearly enough of buildings, streets, bridges, etc that we would recognize. Better pictures and maps would have helped to make the book interesting to me. I've been to Paris, but the author seemed to assume much more familiarity with streets and buildings than I possess. Maybe I'm just not the intended audience. I have zero interest in fashion of any century, so probably I'm not the kind of person the author was looking for.

Oct 08, 2014

puts events in context - political, economic, effect on other cities of did a wonderful job putting this story together!

ChristchurchLib May 12, 2014

"Documents the century-long transformation of Paris from a medieval centre to the modern city that is recognised today, revealing how the Parisian urban model was actually invented in the 1700s when period leaders tore down fortifications, created public parks and constructed streets and bridges." History and Current Events May 2014 newsletter

BCD2013 May 06, 2014

Although most people think of Paris as the city that Baron Haussmann built in the 19th century, Dejean argues that it was the Bourbon monarchs of the 17th cenutry who transformed Paris into the prototypical modern city.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SPL

To Top