chapter  6
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Haussmann: Reconsidering His Role in the Transformation of Paris

ByMichaël Darin

It is 1991. An exhibition is held in Paris. The title is Paris-Haussmann; the work and the man. Or, more likely, the man and his work: le pari d’Haussmann (Haussmann’s bet) is the subtitle of the catalog, and 1991 is the centenary of the death of Georges-Eugène Haussmann. The book of the exhibition sums up a long series of publications on the subject that seems thus to be closed for some time to come (des Car and Pinon 1991).1 More than two decades later, however, the great number of new publications shows that the man and his work continue to attract great attention.2