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Ambitions tamed : urban expansion in pre-revolutionary Lyon /
Pierre Claude Reynard.
imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2009.
description
xxii, 261 p., [10] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
077353492X, 9780773534926
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imprint
Montréal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2009.
isbn
077353492X
9780773534926
catalogue key
6887406
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [237]-255) and index.
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Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Wallace K. Ferguson Award, CAN, 2010 : Nominated
Reviews
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"Reynard's biographical narrative is a well-researched and engaging study of a river, a bridge, and the ambition to tame one with the other." Dean T. Ferguson, Texas A&M University
"Reynard shows brilliantly how things did - and did not - get done, and why, and what obstacles stood between Morand and his dreams. A touching portrayal of Morand, and a masterful look at the complexities of eighteenth-century entrepreneurship." John Merriman, Yale University
"Reynard shows brilliantly how things did - and did not - get done, and why, and what obstacles stood between Morand and his dreams. A touching portrayal of Morand, and a masterful look at the complexities of eighteenth-century entrepreneurship." John Merriman, Yale University "Well-researched and clearly written - the author has mastered all the relevant sources, especially for Lyon." Robert Schneider, Indiana University
"Well-researched and clearly written - the author has mastered all the relevant sources, especially for Lyon." Robert Schneider, Indiana University
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Summaries
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'Ambitions Tamed' illuminates the literature and methodologies of urban development, economic and entrepreneurial history, intellectual history, and environmental history in order to explain more fully the relationships among enlightened principles, established power structures, and new initiatives at the dawn of urban expansion.
Main Description
When Lyon's population experienced significant growth in the eighteenth century, architect Jean-Antoine Morand made a radical proposal: France's second city would expand across the river RhÔne, making him rich in the process. Intense work and bitter rivalries resulted, although they bore fruit only long after Morand had died on the guillotine in 1794. InAmbitions Tamed, Pierre Reynard profiles Morand's career to provide a case-study of the possibilities of urban reform and refashioning within the courtly society of the Old Regime. Morand's story offers fascinating insights into social and professional advancement in a society defined by privilege, the workings of a complex urban political culture, relationships between a provincial city and the capital, the role of factions in determining the success or failure of enterprises and reforms, and the technical and financial aspects of late eighteenth-century urban projects.Ambitions Tamedilluminates the literature and methodologies of urban development, economic and entrepreneurial history, intellectual history, and environmental history in order to explain more fully the relationships among enlightened principles, established power structures, and new initiatives at the dawn of urban expansion.
Table of Contents
Tablesp. vi
Chronological Landmarksp. ix
Key Instructions in Eighteenth-Century Lyonp. xiii
Units of Measurementp. xvii
Monetary Units and Pricesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
Illustrationsp. xxii
Introduction Entrepreneurship in a Premodern Contextp. 3
The Making of a Vocationp. 11
Decisive Years: The Saint-Clair Experiencep. 30
Conceiving the Brotteaux and Securing a Monopolyp. 49
Opposition in Contextp. 72
The Saint-Clair Bridge: A Well-managed Enterprise and Successful Monopolyp. 86
Resistance to Expansionp. 106
A Fine Balancep. 125
Epilogue and Conclusionsp. 147
Appendices
Jean-Antoine Morand's Accounts, 1748-1793 (Business and Personal)p. 169
Owenrship of the Saint-Clair Bridge (Number of Shares Held, 1786-1793)p. 173
Brotteaux Lands Sold by Morand (with Comparisons)p. 175
The Coast of Real Estate in or near Lyonp. 178
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 257
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