TITLE: Creating the Parisian Café, 1660-1800
SPEAKER: Thierry Rigogne
EVENT DATE: 04/12/2012
FORMAT: Video + Captions
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
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The Parisian Café is part of the essence of Paris and a symbol for a certain French way of life. How did coffeehouses and café culture get started in France? What did early Parisian cafés look like? Why did they become so popular so quickly? Tracking how history, myth and anecdote have molded Parisian cafés into emblems of modernity, Thierry Rigogne transports us back to Old Regime and revolutionary Paris in order to trace the formation and the early history of an institution that stood at the crossroads between commerce, culture and consumption, politics, literature and globalization.