HIST102 - A TALE OF TWO CITIES: LONDON & PARIS 1750-PRESENT

Description: 
“Paris is the capital of the nineteenth century,” wrote Walter Benjamin. “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” quipped Samuel Johnson. These two great cities have captivated authors and artists, politicians and philosophers, tourists and traders for centuries. They share many things in common, and they both helped set a paradigm for the “modern city” that has shaped urban centers around the world. And yet, many have also remarked on the differences between them. Examining novels, maps, stories, paintings, plays, political writings, and statistical inquiries, we’ll study the characters, companies, and crimes that have made each city tick. What does it mean to be a Londoner or a Parisian? How have both cities changed over the last 250 years? Can the study of these two metropolises tell us something about modern urban life in general?
Instructors: 
CHASE-LEVENSON, ALEXANDER
Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

COLLEGE HALL 217

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
    Registration Notes: 
    FRESHMAN SEMINAR
    • Major Concentrations: European
    • Major/Minor requirements fulfilled: Europe