The Cartographic Capital

BookThe Cartographic Capital

The Cartographic Capital

Mapping Third Republic Paris, 1889-1934

Studies in Modern and Contemporary France, 1

2018

May 4th, 2018

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Through official maps, this book looks at how government presentations of Paris and environs change over the course of the Third Republic (1889-1934). Governmental policies, such as the creation of a mandatory national uniform educational system that will eventually include geography, combined with technological advances in the printing industry, to alter the look, exposure, reception, and distribution of government maps. The government initially seemed to privilege an exclusively positive view of the capital city and limited its presentation of it to land inside the walled fortifications. However, as the Republic progressed and Paris grew, technology altered how Parisians used and understood their urban space. Rail and automobiles made moving about the city and environs easier while increased industrialization moved factories and their workers further out into the Seine Department. During this time, maps transitioned from reflecting the past to documenting the present. With the advent of French urbanism after World War I, official mapped views of greater Paris abandoned privileging past achievements and began to mirror actual residential and industrial development as it pushed further out from the city centre. Finally, the government needed to plan for the future of greater Paris and official maps begin to show how the government viewed the direction of its capital city. 

'A meticulous study of the mapping of Paris from the Third Republic to the eve of the Second World War, The Cartographic Capital brings force and coherence to the history of cartography, urbanism and to cultural and visual studies in general.'
Tom Conley, Harvard University

About The Author

Kory Olson is Associate Professor of French at Stockton University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
List of Figures7
Acknowledgements9
Introduction: Creating Republican Paris11
1. Working with Maps30
2. Creating Map Readers: The Rise of Geography and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century France57
3. The Triumphant Republic: ‘Paris en 1889: les opérations de voirie exécutées entre 1871 et 1889’96
4. A New Way of Seeing Paris: The Service Géographique’s Carte de France140
5. The Beginning of French Urbanism: Léon Jaussely’s 1919 Plan d’extension185
6. The Rise of Suburban Paris: Henri Prost’s Carte générale231
Conclusion278
Bibliography291
Index307