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Urban Architectures in Interwar Yugoslavia

1st Edition

By Tanja D. Conley


256 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138393646
pub: 2020-01-15
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Resulting from a twenty-year period of research, this book seeks to challenge contradictions between the concepts of national and modern architectures promoted among the most pronounced national groups of Yugoslavia: Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. It spans from the beginning of their nation-building programs in the mid-19th century until the collapse of unified South Slavic ideology and the outbreak of the Second World War.

Organised into two parts, it sheds new light onto the question of how two conflicting political agendas, on one side the quest for integral Yugoslavism and, on the other, the fight for strictly separate national identities, were acknowledged through the architecture and urbanism of Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Drawing wider conclusions, author Tanja Conley investigates boundaries between two opposing yet interrelated tendencies characterising the architectural professional in the age of modernity: the search for authenticity versus the strive towards globalisation.

Urban Architectures in Interwar Yugoslavia will appeal to researchers, academics and students interested in Central and Eastern European architectural history.

Table of Contents


Part 1: The Birth of National Architectures

1. De-Ottomanized Belgrade

2. Croationed Zagreb

3. Architectural Affirmation of the Yugoslav Idea

Part 2: National Architectures in the Unified Nation

4. Imperial Belgrade

5. Avant-Garde Zagreb

6. National Ljubljana

Conclusion: National and Urban Architectures within the Yugoslav cultural space: the role of architectural historiography


About the Author

Tanja D. Conley is Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architectural History

Books in this series look in detail at aspects of architectural history from an academic viewpoint.  Written by international experts, the volumes cover a range of topics from the origins of building types, the relationship of architectural designs to their sites, explorations of the works of specific architects, to the development of tools and design processes, and beyond.  Written for the researcher and scholar, we are looking for innovative research to join our publications in architectural history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)