HIST230 - London, Paris, Vienna: Life in a Modernizing City a Global Context

Over the course of the nineteenth century, European cities modernized in many significant ways that turned them into the cities we know today – they lit their streets with gas lamps, tore down dark narrow alleyways in favour of building large boulevards, they built up modern police forces to crack down on urban crime and prostitution. But nineteenth-century cities also had features we rarely see in cities today – they built factories, which encouraged urbanization, leading to overcrowding, shanty-towns, and widespread illness, and they sometimes lacked adequate sewage disposal. What was it like to live in a major European city in this time of rapid change and development? This course looks at three cities – London, Paris, and Vienna – and traces how they changed over the nineteenth century, and how those changes affected the people who lived in those cities. We will look at travel guides and travelogues, memoires, and novels to reconstruct the lives of urban-dwellers, and to trace how these cities changed in the wake of industrialization, urbanization, and imperialism. Selected Readings: Carl Schorske, Fin de siècle Vienna; Jerrold Seigel, Bohemian Paris; Amanda Thomas, Lambeth Cholera Outbreak; Aimée Boutin, City of Noise: Sound and Nineteenth-Century Paris; Richard Hopkins, Planning the Greenspaces of nineteenth-century Paris; Augustus Pugin, Paris and its environs.
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    This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.