Writing the Environmental History of 18th Century Paris Through its Gardens

with Jan Synowiecki

Participant(s)  Jan Synowiecki

Royal or princely, the gardens of Paris in the 18th century were supposed to offer the urban population salvation from the exhalations and miasmas of the city. Environmental history allows us to rethink the genesis of nature in the city, at a time when the Great Divide between Nature and Culture was largely inoperative, and sources reveal the delineation of micro-splits that were largely reserved for conflicts between jurisdictions, police regulations and tensions between the different social uses of the garden space.

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