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Modernizing the Provincial City

Toulouse, 1945–1975

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$65.00 • €48.00

ISBN 9780674437029

Publication Date: 06/15/1998

323 pages

8 halftones, 2 line drawings


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  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. Red Flower of Summer: Toulouse before 1945
    • The City Half as Old as Time
    • Toulouse in Decline
    • The Second World War
  • 2. Regionalism, Municipalism, and Modernization
    • The Roots of Regionalism
    • Municipalism and Modern Urban Reform
    • The Region as Economic Space
    • Modernization under Vichy
    • Modernization and the Resistance
  • 3. Constructing Modernism in the 1950s
    • Planning Postwar Toulouse
    • Public Housing and the Built Environment
    • The Battle for Central Toulouse
    • The New Regionalism
  • 4. The City of the Future: Planning in the 1960s
    • The Shift to Expansionism
    • The Suburban Dream World: Le Mirail
    • The Model of Technopolis: Rangueil-Lespinet
  • 5. The City as Bazaar: Tradition, Modernization, and Economic Culture in the 1950s
    • Liberation and Reconstruction
    • Poverty amidst Prosperity: The Depression of the 1950s
    • The Reaction to Regulation
  • 6. Toulouse as Industrial Capital
    • The Cradle of Aviation
    • The Concorde as Metaphor
    • The Electronic Revolution
  • 7. Gentrification and the Capitalist Landscape
    • Exporting to Survive
    • The Conversion of Mentality
    • Downtown Toulouse
  • Conclusion: Constructing the New Toulouse
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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