Histories and Legends of Paris

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This course is an introduction to the history of Paris, the administrative and cultural center of France. It is a general overview of the history of France and its capital Paris. The historical period studied goes back to the origins of the creation of Paris from the Gallo-Roman period until the present, following a chronological timeline. For pedagogical reasons the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are at the heart of this teaching. The history of France, the study of morals and society, the artistic and cultural history, including architecture and urban planning etc., occupy a major place in our discussion. Paris, its social life and its architecture have attracted the attention of painters, writers, photographers and filmmakers. This is the representation or the iconography of Paris that we also discuss. In summary: This course is an introduction to the history of Paris. It is a general overview and an induction course.

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