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The MaraisThe Story of a Quartier$
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Keith Reader

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789621044

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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(p.iii) The Marais
Author(s):

Keith Reader

Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789621044.003.0001

A survey of the history of the Marais from the Middle Ages to the present day. No Parisian quartier has undergone such extraordinary changes of fortune – from riches to rags and back again – and the Introduction offers a succinct overview of these along with consideration of perhaps the book’s major methodological and theoretical question, what it means to write about a city. The area’s current incarnation as what its detractors might dub a historical and cultural theme park should not, it is argued, serve to obfuscate the protean fascination of its history. This is not a guide-book, despite which the Introduction provides a brief overview of the neighbourhood today, in particular its commercial and cultural resources.

Keywords:   Cultural topography, Representations of Paris, Paris history

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