- Author:Rosemary Wakeman
- Publisher:University of Chicago Press; New ed. edition (May 14, 2014)
- Pages:416 pages
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Rosemary Wakeman, Paris 1945-1958 .
Rosemary Wakeman, Paris 1945-1958. Wakeman has now contributed another impressive book, which deals with the history of Paris between the Liberation and the advent of the Fifth Republic, to some extent familiar from films or novels but hitherto hardly the subject of historical analysis. She foregrounds the proletarian city of the eastern and northern arrondissements and suburbs as well as the Left Bank populated by university students and intellectuals.
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The Heroic City: Paris, 1945-1958. Wakeman analyzes the public life of the city from a variety of perspectives
The Heroic City: Paris, 1945-1958. Wakeman analyzes the public life of the city from a variety of perspectives. A reemergence of traditional customs led to the return of festivals, street dances, and fun fairs, while violent protests and political marches, the housing crisis, and the struggle over decolonization signaled the political realities of postwar France.
Countering the traditional narrative that Paris’s public landscape became sterile and dehumanized in the 1940s and ’50s, Rosemary Wakeman instead finds that the city’s streets overflowed with ritual, drama, and spectacle.
The Heroic City is a warm and generous evocation for the Paris of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Wakeman dares a cultural and urban history of Paris during the dark years of the 1940s and 1950s from Vichy to the birth of the fifth republic. It is the story of the City of Light at the end of in its darkest decade, when it rose-fitfully-from four years of brutal and dispiriting German occupation. Poetic humanism is Wakeman’s leitmotiv, and it is brilliantly handled in these lucid and enticing pages.
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Wakeman analyzes the public life of the city from a variety of perspectives.
Countering the traditional narrative that Paris' public landscape became sterile and dehumanized in the 1940s and '50s, Rosemary Wakeman instead finds that the city's streets overflowed with ritual, drama, and spectacle.
The Heroic City: Paris 1945-1958 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).