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The Heroic City: Paris, 1945-1958

Rosemary Wakeman


This book provides an account of the fate of Paris's public spaces in the years following Nazi occupation and joyful liberation. Countering the traditional narrative that Paris's public landscape became sterile and dehumanized in the 1940s and 1950s, it instead finds that the city's streets overflowed with ritual, drama, and spectacle. With frequent strikes and protests, young people and students on parade, North Africans arriving in the capital of the French empire, and radio and television shows broadcast live from the streets, Paris continued to be vital terrain. The book analyzes the publi ... More

Keywords: Paris, France, strikes, protests, festivals, street dances, fun fairs, political marches, housing crisis, postwar period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226870236
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226870175.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Wakeman, author