Selling paris chronicles the people practices and politics that spurred the largest building boom of the nineteenth century turning city making into big business in the french capital alexia yates traces the emergence of a commercial parisian housing market as private property owners architects speculative developers and credit lending . Alexia m yates selling paris property and commercial culture in the fin de sicle capital cambridge mass harvard university press 2015 353 pages 33 black and white illustrations 2 maps 1 graph 4 tables. Selling paris hardcover property and commercial culture in the fin de sicle capital harvard historical studies 186 by alexia m yates harvard university press 9780674088214 368pp. In contrast to the state centered accounts that currently characterize our understanding of paris as a capital of modernity this project looks to private property owners real estate brokers and speculative developers as well as the moral economy in which their projects took place in order to understand the elaboration of the built . Alexia m yates selling paris property and commercial culture in the fin de sicle capital cambridge ma harvard university press 2015 xv 353 pp 50 hardcover isbn 978 0 674 08821 4 reviewed for ehnet by jean laurent rosenthal division of the humanities and social sciences california institute of technology
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