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Europe in the World: Perspectives on Communities: Paris as French Presidentialism

A 2013 student scholarship competition and exhibit in Olin Library, sponsored by the Library with a grant from the Cornell Institute for European Studies

Paris as French Presidentialism: Reconciling the Political Past, by Sarah Greenberg (U, Government & French): scholar's statement

The city of Paris is representative of the competing political traditions in French history since the inception of the first monarchy; monuments, plazas, buildings give testimony to the journey towards the Fifth Republic. There is a correlation between the characteristics of the most popular sites in the city, their locations in either a western or eastern half, and voting patterns in the presidential election over time. The compounded effect of these correlations is a physical and electoral representation of a reconciliation of combative political development, and tells the story of a nation confronted with the living past. You can read the full narrative here.

 

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