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Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey

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CHAPTER TWO

DREAMING THE BODY POLITIC

REVOLUTIONARY POLITICS AND UTOPIAN SCHEMES, 1830–1848

Yesterday’s beautiful utopia will be the morning’s refreshing truth

CLOSING SPEECH TO THE FIRST COMMUNIST BANQUET, BELLEVILLE, JULY 1, 1840

In The Painting of Modern Life, the art historian T. J. Clark suggests that Haussmann’s reshaping of Second Empire Paris depended critically upon a capitalistic reimagining of what the city both was and could be about. Capital, he argues: “did not need to have a representation of itself laid out upon the ground in bricks and mortar, or inscribed as a map in the minds of its city-dwellers. One might even say that capital preferred the city not to be an image—not to have form, not to be accessible to the imagination, ...

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