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.
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
This series offers a unique window on the creation of the modern environment. Designed for an international readership, the emphasis is on:
Within this framework the books address three themes: