Paris Space: What Might Have Constituted Haussmanization

David Van Zanten*

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We have been brought up on the Haussmann myth recorded in his 1890/1893 Mémoires. Emperor Napoleon III at the beginning of his reign named Georges Haussmann Prefect of the Seine and, immediately after the swearing-in ceremony at Saint-Cloud on 29 June 1853, drew the new prefect into his study, explained to him his plan for the transformation of Paris and handed him a map indicating the new streets to be cut in four colours, ‘une carte de Paris, sur laquelle on voyait tracées par Lui-même, en bleu, en rouge, en jaune et en vert, suivant leur degré d’urgence, les différentes voies nouvelles qu’il proposait de faire exécuter.'1 The prefect had his charge and went and executed it.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationManifestoes and Transformations in the Early Modernist City
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9781317101208
ISBN (Print)9780754679486
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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