Dawn of the Belle epoque : the Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and their friends /

by McAuliffe, Mary Sperling.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, c2011Description: xii, 387 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781442209275 (cloth : alk. paper) :; 1442209275 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781442209299 (electronic); 1442209291 (electronic).Title notes: $26.95 9-2012 (db)Subject(s): Paris (France) -- History -- 19th century | Paris (France) -- History -- 20th century | Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 19th century | Paris (France) -- Intellectual life -- 20th century | Arts, French -- France -- Paris -- 19th century | Arts, French -- France -- Paris -- 20th century | French literature -- 19th century | French literature -- 20th centurySummary: Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to Paris in the late 1800's following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were difficult, marked by struggles between republicans and monarchists, the Republic and the Church, and an ongoing economic malaise, darkened by a rising tide of virulent anti-semitism. Yet these same years also witnessed an extraordinary blossoming in art, literature, poetry, and music, with the Parisian cultural scene dramatically upended by revolutionaries such as Monet, Zola, Rodin, and Debussy, even while Gustave Eiffel was challenging architectural tradition with his iconic tower.--Cover.
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A humiliating military defeat by Bismarck's Germany, a brutal siege, and a bloody uprising--Paris in 1871 was a shambles, and the question loomed, "Could this extraordinary city even survive?" Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to these perilous years following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were difficult, marked by struggles between republicans and monarchists, the Republic and the Church, and an ongoing economic malaise, darkened by a rising tide of virulent anti-Semitism. Yet these same years also witnessed an extraordinary blossoming in art, literature, poetry, and music, with the Parisian cultural scene dramatically upended by revolutionaries such as Monet, Zola, Rodin, and Debussy, even while Gustave Eiffel was challenging architectural tradition with his iconic tower. Through the eyes of these pioneers and others, including Sarah Bernhardt, Georges Clemenceau, Marie Curie, and C sar Ritz, we witness their struggles with the forces of tradition during the final years of a century hurtling towards its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this vibrant and seminal era to life.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to Paris in the late 1800's following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were difficult, marked by struggles between republicans and monarchists, the Republic and the Church, and an ongoing economic malaise, darkened by a rising tide of virulent anti-semitism. Yet these same years also witnessed an extraordinary blossoming in art, literature, poetry, and music, with the Parisian cultural scene dramatically upended by revolutionaries such as Monet, Zola, Rodin, and Debussy, even while Gustave Eiffel was challenging architectural tradition with his iconic tower.--Cover.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Illustrations (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Introduction: The Terrible Year (1870-1871) (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Ashes (1871) (p. 5)
  • Chapter 2 Recovery (1871) (p. 16)
  • Chapter 3 Scaling the Heights (1871-1872) (p. 29)
  • Chapter 4 The Moral Order (1873-1874) (p. 41)
  • Chapter 5 ôThis will kill that.ö (1875) (p. 53)
  • Chapter 6 Pressure Builds (1876-1877) (p. 64)
  • Chapter 7 A Splendid Diversion (1878) (p. 75)
  • Chapter 8 Victory (1879-1880) (p. 86)
  • Chapter 9 Saints and Sinners (1880) (p. 97)
  • Chapter 10 Shadows (1881-1882) (p. 110)
  • Chapter 11 A Golden Tortoise (1882) (p. 118)
  • Chapter 12 Digging Deep (1883) (p. 130)
  • Chapter 13 Hard Times (1884) (p. 144)
  • Chapter 14 That Genius, That Monster (1885) (p. 155)
  • Chapter 15 Onward and Upward (1886) (p. 167)
  • Chapter 16 Fat and Thin (1887-1888) (p. 178)
  • Chapter 17 Centennial (1889) (p. 192)
  • Chapter 18 Sacred and Profane (1890-1891) (p. 204)
  • Chapter 19 Family Affairs (1892) (p. 214)
  • Chapter 20 ôThe bell has tolled. ...ö (1893) (p. 224)
  • Chapter 21 Between Storms (1894) (p. 240)
  • Chapter 22 Dreyfus (1895) (p. 253)
  • Chapter 23 Passages (1896) (p. 266)
  • Chapter 24 A Shot in the Dark (1897) (p. 278)
  • Chapter 25 ôJ'accuse!ö (1898) (p. 288)
  • Chapter 26 ôDespite all these anxieties ...ö (1898) (p. 300)
  • Chapter 27 Rennes (1898-1899) (p. 311)
  • Chapter 28 A New Century (1900) (p. 325)
  • Notes (p. 341)
  • Bibliography (p. 366)
  • Index (p. 374)
  • About the Author (p. 387)

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