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Housing the Poor of Paris,

Ann-Louise Shapiro

When Paris became a modern urban center, In the second half of the nineteenth century, the problem of working-class housing emerged as a major issue.

In this study Ann-Louise Shapiro examines the reform activites of philanthropists, economists, municipal authorities, politicians, and public hygienists as they, together and separately, responded to the questions of the worker's foyer. Shapiro shows that the housing campaign touched all aspects of the "the social question," providing a rare perspective on the political, social, and institutional readjustments required by a changing urban environment in nineteenth century France. Shapiro's work will prove important reading for students and scholars of French history, urban society and government, and public health issues.

When this book was published, Ann-Louise Shapiro was assistant professor of history at the University of New Haven. She has contributed essays on public health and social reform in modern France to a number of scholarly journals.

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May 1985

LC: 84-040159 HD
256 pp.   6 x 9
18 illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-09880-3
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