Behind an imprecise title and lackluster cover lies a book that lovers of the French capital will enjoy. Joanne Vajda discusses the urban and social transformation of the City of Light that was mediated by high-class tourism in the period 1855–1937. We learn how the members of the “traveling elite” helped transform the neighborhoods they patronized, originally near the Grands Boulevards, then moving westward, always on the Right Bank; the scholastic Latin Quarter and artistic Montparnasse are not featured, and Montmartre makes only a cameo appearance. The beginning and end dates in the book's title relate to the first and last international expositions Paris hosted, and the bulk of the research concerns the Second...
Review: Paris Ville Lumière: Une transformation urbaine et sociale, 1855–1937, by Joanne Vajda
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Isabelle Gournay; Review: Paris Ville Lumière: Une transformation urbaine et sociale, 1855–1937, by Joanne Vajda. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2016; 75 (1): 103–105. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2016.75.1.103
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