1st Edition

Urban Heritage in Europe Economic and Social Revival

Edited By Gábor Sonkoly Copyright 2023
    240 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Urban heritage, which is part of the conceptual expansion of cultural heritage, has become an extraordinarily complex notion. Any aspect of urban life and experience can become heritage and this heritage is then continuously reinterpreted and exploited as a source not only for a city’s identification but also for its cultural and economic innovation.

    This book provides a detailed overview of Central European urban heritage. It examines the key aspects of urban heritage –tangible/monumental, natural/landscape, world heritage/urban quarter and heritage experience/dark heritage. The ‘regimes of urban heritage’ approach retraces 200 years of the development of European urban heritage to understand how it has become so significant and how it could integrate practically every area of urban existence.

    The novelty of the book is the interpretation of this development as a process of successive and integrating regimes, which are examined through the changing urban heritage agency and discourse. Through the examples of European cities and towns, such as Belgrade, Budapest, Gdansk, Krakow, Ljubljana, Subotica, Szentendre, Vienna, but also Edinburgh, Nordic cities and Rome, these changes reveal their inner complexities and become comparable in an interdisciplinary analysis. Further, a particular aspect of the history of these cities is revealed through the development of their own urban heritage.

    The book is primarily aimed at academics, researchers and postgraduate students of cultural and economic geography, cultural history, culture and heritage management, modern and contemporary history as well as urban history, planning and sociology.

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    List of contributors




    1 Regimes of Urban Heritage in Europe

    Gábor Sonkoly


    2 Kraków – the "heritage city" model

    Jacek Purchla



    3 The Making of a Twenty-First Century Castle, Edinburgh 1745 to 2018

    Robert J Morris


    4 Heritagisation of Urban Art Nouveau Architecture: the Synagogue of Subotica

    Lilla Zámbó



    5 Design History of Nineteenth Century Urban Public Parks: Relevance of Historic Parks in Urban Landscape Heritage

    Kinga Szilágyi, Ana Kučan, Richard Stiles

    6 The Lure of Timeless Urban Landscapes: Built and Pictorial Heritage at Szentendre

    Péter Erdősi


    7 Nordic Harmonisation of (Urban) World Heritage and the Changing Regimes of Heritage

    Tanja Vahtiklari

    8 Urban Heritage Regimes from a Blind Spot: Mapping Conservation Dynamics at the Margins of Rome Historic Centre

    Lucia Bordone

    Part V experiencing dark urban heritage

    9 Restoring Overwritten Places: The German Past of Danzig/Gdańsk in Contemporary Polish Prose

    Noémi Kertész

    10 Longing for the unwanted: Legacies of socialism and urban heritage tourism in contemporary Belgrade

    Jovana Janinovic



    Gábor Sonkoly is Director of the Doctoral School of History, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary.