The Unruly City Paris, London and New York in the Age of Revolution

By Mike Rapport

A lauded expert on European history paints a vivid picture of Paris, London, and New York during the Age of Revolutions, exploring how each city fostered or suppressed political uprisings within its boundaries


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In The Unruly City, lauded historian Mike Rapport offers a vivid history of three intertwined cities–Paris, London and New York–at the turn of the nineteenth century, in the midst of political chaos. From the British occupation of New York during the Revolutionary War, to agitation for democracy in London, to popular uprisings and regicide in Paris, Rapport explores the relationship between city and revolution, revealing why some cities engender upheaval and others suppress it.

Why did Paris experience a devastating revolution while London avoided one? How did American independence spark activism in cities across the Atlantic? And how did these cities influence the development of modern democracy? Rapport takes readers from the politically charged taverns and coffeehouses on Fleet Street, through a sea battle between the British and French in New York Harbor, to the scaffold during the “Terror” in Paris.

Drawing on letters, travelogues and eye-witness accounts, Rapport evokes the sights, sounds and smells of these cities, masterfully weaving their history with the politics of revolution.

A riveting account of three cities in an era of turmoil and revolutionary fervor, The Unruly City shows how Paris, London and New York became protagonists in the great struggle for democracy.

Category: Genre: History, Non-Fiction sku: 9780465022281

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Weight 23.25 oz
Dimensions 6.38 × 1.38 × 9.63 in