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Haussmann: His Life and Times, and the Making of Modern Paris [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Michel Carmona , Carmona Michel , Patrick Camiller


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Mai 2002
Baron Haussmann, the famous OarchitectO of modern Paris, has been an enigma for historians for more than a century. But in Michel Carmona, the baron has found a biographer worthy of his fascinating and influential life. Haussmann is not, however, a book only about the controversial prefect of the Seine: Mr. Carmona has effectively set his life against the background of nineteenth-century European society. Exhaustively researched and written with remarkable balance, the book is as much a social and political history as it is a biography. We see HaussmannOs early years and his entry into civic life as an administrator; the problems of urban existence faced by the city of Paris; HaussmannOs reign as the designated chief of NapolZon IIIOs grand scheme for the renewal of the French capital; and the so-called OHaussmannizationO of Paris. Some observers today still see HaussmannOs grands travaux as the criminal work of a modern Nero_a man intent on destroying old Paris and willing to cook the books and throw poor people out of their homes in order to achieve his ends. Others see him as a clairvoyant creator of the modern, hygienic, and organized city, who created a style that would become a model for urban transformation. Mr. Carmona has examined the record and has written a superb biography that will be of special interest to architects, urban planners, and anyone interested in the life of great cities. With 12 pages of black-and-white illustrations.

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Michel Carmona is full of sympathy and respect for his subject, and he successfully brings him to life.--Jean-Philippe Dumas

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This biography of Baron Haussmann, the famous "architect" of modern Paris is not only about the controversial prefect of the Seine, but also sets his life against the background of 19th-century European society. It covers Haussmann's early years and his entry into civic life as an administrator; the problems of urban existence faced by the city of Paris; Haussmann's reign as the designated chief of Napeleon III's grand scheme for the renewal of Paris; and the so-called "Haussmannnization" of Paris. Some observers today still see Haussmann's "grands travaux" as the criminal work of a modern Nero - a man intent on destroying old Paris and willing to cook the books and throw poor people out of their homes in order to achieve his ends. Others see him as a clairvoyant creator of the modern, hygienic and organized city, who created a style that would become a model for urban transformation. Carmona has examined the record and has written a biography that should be of interest to architects, urban planners and anyone interested in the life of great cities.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Take a gamble and love it 26. Mai 2002
Von L. P. D. Heinen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Recently, I was looking for a book about Georges-Eugene Haussmann because of a long time interest in Paris, and when you come to speak of how it developed, that is a name that you just cannot ignore. The book hasn't been out for so long, so I took a gamble in buying it (no reviews were posted pretty much anywhere).
The first part of the book is about Haussmann and how he climbed up the ladder in the civil service (without losing sight of any of the cultural or historical background), when the following parts of the book focus more on Haussmann's time in Paris and the changes he made there (what it should be about). The only comment you can give on this part is that the maps in the back of the book are not enough to understand the bigger picture. I don't know whether this should be included in the book or whether the writer should have recommended the reader to buy a detailed plan de paris. He didn't say that so that's the star that's missing, but short of that, I think it's the perfect book you can buy about Baron Haussmann, his plans to change Paris and the cultural circumstances surrounding it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A fine balance between biography and history 3. Juni 2002
Von Midwest Book Review - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Baron Haussman was the famous 'architect' of modern Paris and has been little covered in history: enter Carmona, a biographer who sets the architect's life against the backdrop of 19th-century European society and history. A fine balance between biography and history is created in a survey of Haussmann's involvement in civic life as an administrator, and his influence on Paris politics and structures.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen In Depth, Precise, Fascinating 23. März 2008
Von But Seriously - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In a volatile era and area - 19th century Europe - surviving 17 years in one of the highest ranks of government was quite an achievement. This detailed and perceptive reading of the life of Georges-Eugene Haussmann - and the part of it lived during the reign of Louis Napoleon - is a terrific achievement and a fascinating trip. If, of course, you're into Paris or city planning, history or intrigue - preferably all of those.

By the way, Louis Napoleon wasn't run out of town - he was out of town as a prisoner of war when his regime fell (it was his wife Eugenie who fled in fear. But none of the imperial family were harmed in the rise of the Third Republic. Not directly, anyway.)

Haussmann is blamed by some for removing "vieille Paris" - much of it clums and breeding ground for disease, but here we get a clear case for the side that says a) the "grand traveaux" were already Louis Napoleon's dream when he became President, and his goal when he became Emperor, and b) without them, and without Haussman's own contributions to the aesthetic, as well as the innovation, force and dedication he put behind the development of water supplies and sewers, not to mention the bois and parks, Paris would not have become the leading city of the 19th century, or indeed the loved and beloved place we know her to be today.

Vive Haussmann ~ flawed but formidable, one of history's greatest administrators.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen HAUSSMANN..NAPOLEON III PREFECT OF THE SEINE 22. Dezember 2007
Von Shannon Deason - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Wow what power this guy had, Napoleon III intrusted him with a total makeover of Paris, a Herculean undertaking, which cost thousands their homes and lost Paris much history. Nobody, save Robert Moses, has ever transformed a city like Haussmann did Paris, and at least Haussmann had taste, unfortunitely for New York, Moses was a philistine. This book gives the reader a real history of the man and his motivations. I find it most interesting that the real reason for the broad blvds Haussmann was so famously known for was to quell riots and herd the people into the rond ponts and squares, ingenious really..ironically Napoleon III was run out of town on a rail and he never really got to put his plan into action..later the Nazi's did..ah leave it to the Germans to take advantage of good engineering.
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