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Explore behind the over-familiar facade of the world's most visited city. In this book, Paris-based writer and Invisible Paris blogger Adam Roberts provides a concise and informative portrait of the iconic metropolis. He uncovers the story of how a provincial backwater rose up to become the richest and most powerful city in Europe, and a world leader in fashion, the arts and gastronomy - and why it continues to dazzle today. In short, illustrated chapters, Roberts casts his eye over 2,000 years of turbulent history, from a time when roaming Celtic tribes first set up camp to the present day: he covers the rise and fall of royalty, uprisings and invasions, destruction and magnificent redevelopments, and he explores the city's contributions to the world, including gothic architecture, city planning, mammoth museums and urban art. A section on the city today - perceptive essays and observations on topics ranging from Parisian Sundays to the inside workings of a historic hotel - reveal the twenty-first-century city.
Publisher: London, Reaktion Books,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781780237466
Characteristics: 268 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (some colour), maps ; 20 cm.


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