A History of New York

François Weil. Translated by Jody Gladding

Columbia University Press

A History of New York

Pub Date: July 2004

ISBN: 9780231129350

256 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $26.95£22.00

Pub Date: July 2004

ISBN: 9780231129343

256 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

A History of New York

François Weil. Translated by Jody Gladding

Columbia University Press

New York is not America, François 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, economic, and cultural transformation—as well as of American notions 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.
Weil skillfully weaves myriad details and insights about this multicultural metropolis into a coherent work. Library Journal
Weil's coverage of the city's history after the late 19th century is concise and thought-provoking.... Recommended. Choice
Histories of New York City... are wither very thin, or very thick... in the under-five-pound category, this volume wins hands down. New York Journal of American History
Weil's Histoire de New York, published in French in 2000, deserves translation Eric Homberger, Journal of American History
Skillfully translated. Angela M. Blake, Urban History
Weil offers compelling portraits of popular culture... Well done and interesting... Moving at the breathtaking speed. Keith D. Revell, American Historical Review
Foreword
I The Province 1620-1820
1. The Ocean
2. The Commencement of a Town
II Queen of the New World 1820-1890
3. The Venice of the Atlantic
4. The Empire City
5. Manhattan
III Metropolitan Modernities 1890-1940
6. Greater New York
7. The Promised City?
8. The Lights of the City
IV Capital of the American Century 1940-2000
9. The Phoenix
10. New York, New York!

About the Author

François Weil is directeur d'études 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-Américains, 1860–1980 and Naissance de l'Amérique 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.