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Capital Cities in the Aftermath of Empires
Planning in Central and Southeastern Europe

ISBN 9780203859834
Published December 4, 2009 by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book explores the planning and architectural histories of the cities across Central and Southeastern Europe transformed into the cultural and political capitals of the new nationstates created in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In their introduction, editors Makaš and Conley discuss the interrelated processes of nationalization, modernization, and Europeanization in the region at that time, with special attention paid to the way architectural and urban models from Western and Central Europe were adapted to fit the varying local physical and political contexts.

Individual studies provide summaries of proposed and realized projects in fourteen cities.Each addresses the political and ideological aspects of the city’s urban history, including the idea of becoming a cultural and/or political capital as well as the relationship between national and urban development. The concluding chapter builds on the introductory argument about how the search for national identity combined with the pursuit of modernization and desire to be more European drove the development of these cities in the aftermath of empires.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Shaping Central and Southeastern European Capital Cities in the Age of Nationalism Emily Gunzburger Makaš and Tanja Damljanović Conley  Part 1: South-Eastern European Capitals after the Ottoman Empire  2. Athens Eleni Bastéa  3. Belgrade Tanja Damljanović Conley  4. Bucharest Maria Raluca Popa  5. Cetinje Maja Dragičević and Rachel Rossner  6. Sofia Elitza Stanoeva  7. Tirana Gentiana Kere  8. Ankara Zeynep Kezer Part 2: Central European Capitals within and after the Hapsburg Empire  9. Budapest Robert Nemes  10. Prague Cathleen Giustino  11. Bratislava Henrieta Moravcíková  12. Cracow and Warsaw Patrice Dabrowski  13. Zagreb Sarah A. Kent  14. Ljubljana Jörg Stabenow  15. Sarajevo Emily Gunzburger Makaš  16. Conclusion: Not Just the National: Modernity and the Myth of Europe in the Capital Cities of Central and Southeastern Europe Nathaniel D. Wood

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Emily Gunzburger Makaš is Associate Pr ofessor in the School of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Tanja Damljanović Conley teaches architectural history at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.