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Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel,… (edition 2011)

by Mary McAuliffe (Author)

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A humiliating military defeat by Bismarck's Germany, a brutal siege, and a bloody uprising--Paris in 1871 was a shambles, and the question loomed, "Could this extraordinary city even survive?" Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to these perilous years following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were difficult, marked by struggles between republicans and monarchists, the Republic and the Church, and an ongoing economic malaise, darkened by a rising tide of virulent anti-Semitism. Yet these same years also witnessed an extraordinary blossoming in art, literature, poetry, and music, with the Parisian cultural scene dramatically upended by revolutionaries such as Monet, Zola, Rodin, and Debussy, even while Gustave Eiffel was challenging architectural tradition with his iconic tower. Through the eyes of these pioneers and others, including Sarah Bernhardt, Georges Clemenceau, Marie Curie, and C sar Ritz, we witness their struggles with the forces of tradition during the final years of a century hurtling towards its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this vibrant and seminal era to life.… (more)
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Title:Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends
Authors:Mary McAuliffe (Author)
Info:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2011), Edition: First, 400 pages
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Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends by Mary McAuliffe

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Ms. McAuliffe's history of the late 1800s presents a panorama of France between the end of the Franco-Prussian War to 1900. She takes us across the span of 30 years while Paris recovered from the War. Her attempt to cover a wide range of individuals who lived & breathed beyond the political aspects of the Third Republic is breathtaking. The Impressionists, for example, challenged the artistic world while they, at times, were nearly at each other's throats. This is not the only brush she paints as she covers Debussy, Ritz, & Eiffel, all contributing to the life of Paris. The creation of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower are mentioned here along with the Panama Canal Scandal. The famed Sarah Bernhardt with all of her success on the stage as well as her scandalous living are covered. The Alfred Dreyfus affair is also given considerable length in the work which exposed the corruption in high levels of the military & government. The author excelled in bringing out the ongoing tensions in French society still working out unresolved issues that both the Franco-Prussian War & the collapse of the Communards had exposed. ( )
  walterhistory | May 14, 2019 |
Interesting material but the author hasn't chosen the most exciting way of presenting it, keeping to a strict chronological order. The poets of the period do not get much attention, Verlaine only mentioned at his death, Rimbaud not at all. The emphasis is on politics, painting, sculpture and, somewhat less, music. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
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"The Belle Époque ("Beautiful Era") was a period in European social history that began during the late 19th century and lasted until World War I.

Occurring during the era of the Third French Republic and the German Empire, it was a period characterized by optimism and new technological and medical discoveries.

The Belle Époque was named in retrospect, when it began to be considered a "golden age" when compared to the horrors of World War I."

4.5 very informative....highly recommended ( )
  pennsylady | Jan 22, 2016 |
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A humiliating military defeat by Bismarck's Germany, a brutal siege, and a bloody uprising--Paris in 1871 was a shambles, and the question loomed, "Could this extraordinary city even survive?" Mary McAuliffe takes the reader back to these perilous years following the abrupt collapse of the Second Empire and France's uncertain venture into the Third Republic. By 1900, Paris had recovered and the Belle Epoque was in full flower, but the decades between were difficult, marked by struggles between republicans and monarchists, the Republic and the Church, and an ongoing economic malaise, darkened by a rising tide of virulent anti-Semitism. Yet these same years also witnessed an extraordinary blossoming in art, literature, poetry, and music, with the Parisian cultural scene dramatically upended by revolutionaries such as Monet, Zola, Rodin, and Debussy, even while Gustave Eiffel was challenging architectural tradition with his iconic tower. Through the eyes of these pioneers and others, including Sarah Bernhardt, Georges Clemenceau, Marie Curie, and C sar Ritz, we witness their struggles with the forces of tradition during the final years of a century hurtling towards its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this vibrant and seminal era to life.

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