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Tales of two cities : Paris, London and the birth of the modern city

Author: Jonathan Conlin
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Paris and London have long held a mutual fascination, and never more so than in the period 1750-1914, when they vied to be the world's greatest city. Each city has been the focus of many books, yet Jonathan Conlin here explores the complex relationship between them for the first time. The reach and influence of both cities was such that the story of their rivalry has global implications. By borrowing, imitating and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Conlin
ISBN: 9781848870260 1848870264
OCLC Number: 849064074
Description: 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: The Doll in the Diligence --
The Devil in the Channel --
A Boulevard in Marylebone --
1. The Restless House --
The Invention of the Immeuble --
Slums in the Sky --
Piping Hot! --
Mansions in the Sky --
2. The Street --
Mean Streets --
Window-Shoppers --
Signs and Wonders --
The Sandwich-Man --
3. The Restaurant --
The Palais Royal --
The Restaurant's Rivals --
Dining Alone --
The Celebrity Chef --
4. The Dance --
The Chahut --
A Champagne Swell --
Finette --
Skirt Dancing --
Gay Paree --
5. The Underworld --
The Spectator-Owl --
Making the Night Visible --
Vidocq, the French Police Spy --
Cuvier's Anatomy of Crime --
`Monsieur Lecoq!' --
6. Dead and Buried --
Elegies and Elysiums --
Pere Lachaise --
A Railway to the Other World --
Resurrection Men --
The First Garden Suburbs.
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'A fascinating walk through two of the greatest cities in the world... The reader will never think of London or Paris in the same way again.' Amanda Foreman  Read more...

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Tales of Two Cities allows readers to reconsider what "everybody knows". For, with astonishing ease, Jonathan Conlin performs that most useful, and difficult, of tasks: he makes us see the familiar Read more...

 
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