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- DescriptionNew York is t America, Fran ois Weil writes, but what America promises, perhaps its greatest promise. It may be hard to believe, then, that the quintessential symbol of American enterprise and energy was once quite low in the political and social hierarchy. Weil takes on the New York of myth and offers a compelling chronicle of how it actually developed into a global city-what some have called the capital of the twenty-first century. He shows how the uneasy tension between capitalism and multiculturalism has been at the heart of the city's immense physical, social, ecomic, and cultural transformation-as well as of American tions of what urban space is, for whom it exists, and how it is used. The book also captures what makes the city exceptional-from the arts and literature to popular culture and party politics-and reveals New York as both a unique space and a model of American diversity.
- Author BiographyFran ois Weil is directeur d' tudes and director of the Center for North American Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He has taught at the Universities of Michigan and Virginia, and in 2003 he was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Tulane University. He is the author of Les Franco-Am ricains, 1860-1980 and Naissance de l'Am rique Urbaine, 1820-1920.Jody Gladding's many translations include The Devil's Cloth (Columbia) by Michel Pastoureau and Time Passing (Columbia) by Sylviane Agacinski. She is a poet and the author of Stone Crop.
- Author(s)Francois Weil
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication23/06/2004
- LanguageEnglish & French
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleThe Columbia History of Urban Life
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note59 photos and maps
- Weight544 g
- Width136 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byJody Gladding
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