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The Making of Revolutionary Paris Paperback – August 16, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0520243279 ISBN-10: 0520243277 Edition: New Ed

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (August 16, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520243277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520243279
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An unusually compelling work of scholarly systhesis: a history of a city of revolution in a revolutionary century." - John E. Talbott, author of The Pen and Ink Sailor; "Garrioch makes a brilliant case for the centrality of Paris in the history of France." - Bonnie Smith author of The Gender of History"

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"An unusually compelling work of scholarly synthesis: a history of a city of revolution in a revolutionary century. Garrioch claims that until 1750 Paris remained a city characterized by a powerful sense of hierarchy. From the mid-century on, however, and with gathering speed, economic, demographic, political, and social change swept the city. Having produced an extremely engaging account of the old corporate society, Garrioch turns to the forces that relentlessly undermined it."—John E. Talbott, author of The Pen and Ink Sailor: Charles Middleton and the King's Navy, 1778-1813

"A truly wonderful synthesis of the many historical strands that compose the history of eighteenth-century Paris. In rewriting the history of the French Revolution as a more than century-long urban metamorphosis, Garrioch makes a brilliant case for the centrality of Paris in the history of France."—Bonnie Smith, author of The Gender of History: Men, Women, and Historical Practice

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Harris on June 24, 2012
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This history of 18th century Paris is marvelously informative and beautifully written - I have seldom come across an academic historian whose prose is so impressively pleasurable. Mr. Garrioch intends it for a "general readership," and it is certainly accessible to them, but it is very detailed and serious and will probably not appeal to those whose interests are at a History Channel level of colorful people and events. Would you be interested in knowing more about the growing secularization of France in the lead-up to the French Revolution (Chapter 8)? Then this book is for you. Have you already been fascinated by one or more of Robert Darnton's books on the 18th century French literary world? Then do not delay; this will be right up your alley. Anyone involved in the teaching of history at the university or high school level ought not to hesitate either. This is a great book.
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