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The unruly city : Paris, London and New York in the age of revolution

Rapport, Michael, author

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  • Creator Mike Rapport
  • Format Books
  • Publication New York : Basic Books, [2017] ©2017
  • Physical Details
    • xxxiv, 364 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780465022281, 0465022286
  • OCLC ocn983205388


  • "A vivid history of three intertwined cities--Paris, London, and New York--at the turn of the nineteenth century, in the midst of political chaos. From the British occupation of New York during the Revolutionary War, to agitation for democracy in London, to popular uprisings and regicide in Paris, Rapport explores the relationship between city and revolution, revealing why some cities engender upheaval and some suppress it. Why did Paris experience a devastating revolution while London avoided one? How did American independence spark activism in cities across the Atlantic? And how did these cities influence the development of modern democracy? Rapport takes readers from the politically charged taverns and coffeehouses on Fleet Street, through a sea battle between the British and French in New York Harbor, to the scaffold during the 'Terror' in Paris. Drawing on letters, travelogues and eye-witness accounts, Rapport evokes the sights, sounds and smells of these cities, masterfully weaving their history with the politics of revolution."--Jacket.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-349) and index.


  • Introduction: Three cities in an age of revolution -- The Revolution comes to New York, 1765-1775 -- London defiant: Wilkes and liberty, 1763-1776 -- The King against Paris, 1763-1776 -- New York City in revolution and war, 1775-1783 -- London burns: reformers and rioters, 1776-1780 -- Paris rises: the coming of revolution, 1776-1789 -- New York: capital city, 1783-1789 -- Paris in revolution, 1789-1793 -- London debates the French Revolution, 1789-1792 -- Paris in the Terror, 1793-1794 -- Radical London: Democrats, loyalists and the reaction, 1792-1794 -- New York confronts the French Revolution, 1789-1795 -- Conclusion: The revolutionary city and historical memory
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