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Paris Between Empires, 1814-1852 Hardcover – 21 Jun 2001


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  • Hardcover: 569 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st Edition edition (21 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719556279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719556272
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 x 5.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,231,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is Philip Mansel's year as we are pubishing both this paperback and hishardback PRINCE OF EUROPE. See hardback bulletin details for further information. "Philip Mansel's readable history, investigating the city's most fascinating era, vividly evokes Paris's golden age, especially the 1830 and 1848 revolutions."SUNDAY TELEGRAPH "Philip Mansel records what life was like in Paris in those years with masses of wonderful detail. He has read endless diaries, memoirs and letters... a most readable book."Derwent May, THE TIMES More new --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This volume examines Paris between 1814 and 1852 when it was the capital of Europe, a city of power and pleasure. It was the stage where great conflicts between nationalism and cosmopolitanism, revolution and royalty, socialism and capitalism, atheism and Catholicism were fought.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Antonio on 8 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book is a story of Paris between the two Napoleonic Empires (1814-1852). It starts with Napoleon's initial defeat, the first occupation of Paris, the Hundred Days and the second occupation. It is indeed extraordinary that Paris was not treated by the Russians in 1815 like Berlin was in 1945. Of course, Napoleon was no Hitler and Alexander I was no Stalin (although the French occupation of Russia was also quite violent, although less protracted than the German one), but then again Paris was no Berlin, and one doesn't treat the most beautiful city in the world like any other place. The story picks up its pace during the restoration. Building on his successful biography of Louis XVIII, Mansel shows that the familiar dismissal of the Bourbons (who supposedly had neither learnt nor forgotten anything) was unfair, at least during the reign of Louis XVIII, the former Count of Provence and younger brother of the slain Louis XVI. Louis XVIII went out of his way to reconcile the people with the monarchy, and he was genuinely popular during his short reign. The author brings to life the verve with which the Parisians enjoyed their lives after nearly thirty years of revolutionary and Napoleonic wars (according to Mansel, the Restoration's most reliable supporters were women, who did not want their children, husbands or lovers to be sent out to war). He brings to life the literary, philosophical and political salons, which were not just gathering points for like-minded flaneurs, but essential to the city's political life. In many cases, political decisions were made not in government offices, but in the salons themselves. The murder at the opera of the Duc de Berry, Louis XVIII's nephew is brilliantly described.Read more ›
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ed Crutchley on 5 May 2012
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An amazing and abundantly researched book that covers the difficult metamorphosis of Paris from empire back to monarchy, with a bit of help from their neighbours.
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Highly readable and a treasure. 14 Jun 2012
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Format: Paperback
An amazing and abundantly researched book that covers the difficult metamorphosis of Paris from empire back to monarchy, with a bit of help from their neighbours.
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