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Urban modernity: reconsidering Paris from 1852 to 1914

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At the close of the 19th century, industrialization and urbanization marked the end of the traditional understanding of society as rooted in agriculture. Paris was both the cultural capital of the 19th century and an international symbol of modernity. This lecture will discuss the efforts of Paris-based urban elites under two different political regimes to construct an urban-centred, industrial-based culture – an entirely new social reality based on science and technology. The synergy they created among expositions, urban rebuilding and museums provides the foundation for a new understanding of modernity’s history in which science and technology were constitutive. These and similar efforts in London, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo are the subject of a new book by Professor Levin and four colleagues.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminars in History and Philosophy of Science series.

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