Paris is constantly changing as a living organism, both for better and for worse. Its radical history, from the French Revolution and Paris Commune to the continual fight against the pension reform law today, has much to teach us. As does the nation’s relationship to colonialism, empire, and islamophobia, where the country’s leaders and local oligarchs are attempting to raise a neoliberal revolution from above.
These books will help you engage with all that Paris embodies this summer!
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Not Your Average Tour Guide:
Eric Hazan is a true parigot. As well as guiding us through the city as it is, he is full of ideas for what it could be. What if we transformed the deserted Bourse into a large public library? Or blew up the Hôtel-Dieu and the police headquarters, that ‘ugly building full of bad memories’, and built a new district in its place.
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For over two hundred years the French Revolution has been a template for heroic insurrection and, to more conservative minds, a cautionary tale.
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The Paris Commune
The Paris Commune was a laboratory of political invention, important simply and above all for, as Marx reminds us, its own ‘working existence.’
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Philosophy, Literature, and Theory
The most celebrated French thinkers!
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Empire and Islamophobia
Books that interrogate France’s relationship with Islamophobia, and the fight for independence in the former colonies.
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