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-nineteenth century until the collapse of unified South Slavic ideology and the outbreak of the Second World War.
Organized 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 D. Conley investigates boundaries between two opposing yet interrelated tendencies characterizing the architectural professional in the age of modernity: the search for authenticity versus the strive towards globalization.
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
Tanja D. Conley is Associate Professor of Architecture at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA.