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Clive Emsley, Lecturer in History at the Open University, reconstructs life in early 19th century Paris from records, old prints and remaining buildings. He discusses the problems of administering ...a large city in the aftermath of revolution and shows how Napoleon 1 combined control, reforms and patriotic show to keep the city quiet.
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Module code and title: A309, Conflict and stability in the development of modern Europe c.1789-1970
Item code: A309; 01
First transmission date: 10-02-1980
Published: 1980
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Duration: 00:23:35
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Producer: Patricia Hodgson
Contributors: Clive Emsley; Anthony Herrick; Jean Tulard
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Building programmes
Subject terms: Imperialism; Urbanisation; Napoleon 3rd, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873
Footage description: The programme opens with high angle views of Paris and film at street level, over which Clive Emsley describes the size and chief function of Paris in 1800. Shots of Porte St. Denis and of the town houses of the wealthy. Further views of Paris over which Emsley comments on the present appearance of central Paris. Film of streets and squares that had been built by 1800, over which Emsley describes the social mix of Napoleonic Paris. Animated maps of the Fauborg districts of Paris are used to show areas inhabited by tradesmen. Film of shops and tradesmen at work in Paris, with commentary on the market for these trades in 1800. A series of engravings and paintings depict tradesmen and prostitutes. Emsley comments on regional specialisation among Parisian workers. Paintings of migrants in Paris and photographs of archival records of migration to Paris from other areas of France. Emsley uses an animated map to show the main areas of emigration to Paris. Migrations from the Auvergue are examined in some detail. Contemporary art and illustrations show congestion in the streets and markets of Napoleonic France. Emsley explains the problems of road transport through Paris, comparing it with river transport. Film and stills show cargo on the Seine, then some Parisian fountains. Emsley describes water provision in 18th century Paris, including the activities of water carriers. Prints of crowd scenes are shown, over which Emsley introduces Professor Jean Tulard of the Sorbonne. Tulard explains why early 19th century Paris was free from civil unrest. He describes aspects of Napoleon's administrative reforms in Paris and relates them to the quiescence of the population. Film of Parisian buildings of the Napoleonic period over which Emsley explains the motives behind this building programme. An animated map indicates streets and buildings renamed in the Imperial period. Film of the Vendome Column, the Arc du Carousel, the Arc de Triomphe and La Madeleine, over which Emsley describes the military parades and political propaganda associated with these buildings. A painting depicts festivities in Paris. Film of the Rue de Rivoli over which Emsley describes improvements to traffic flow, and describes the prevalene of Imperial insignia on Napoleonic buildings. Shot of the Fontaine du Fellah and the Ourcq canal, which are examined as examples of public improvement scheme Prints of Napoleonic markets and grain stores, film of the present Marchr de St. Germain, descriptive commentary. Another interview with Professor Tulard, who explains why Napoleon feared the Parisian masses. He gives examples of the city's rebelliousness in other historical periods and explains why revolutions happened in Paris later in the 19th century. High angle views of Paris.
Master spool number: HOU3321
Production number: FOUA052B
Videofinder number: 4166
Available to public: no