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Urban Heritage in Europe
Economic and Social Revival

Edited By

Gábor Sonkoly

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ISBN 9781032388304
April 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 re-interpreted 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 two hundred 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, Kraków, 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.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction 1. Regimes of Urban Heritage in Europe 2. Krakow - the ‘heritage city’ model Part II: Preserving Urban Monuments  3. The Making of a 21st Century Castle, Edinburgh, 1745 to 2018 4. Heritagisation of Urban Art Nouveau Architecture: the Synagogue of Subotica Part III: Urban Landscapes 5. Design History of Nineteenth Century Urban Public Parks:  in Central Europe: Relevance of Historic Parks in Urban Landscape Heritage 6. The Lure of Timeless Urban Landscapes: Built and Pictorial Heritage at Szentendre Part IV: Urban Heritage as Innovation 7. Nordic harmonization of (urban) World Heritage and the changing regimes of heritage 8. Urban heritage regimes from a blind spot: Mapping conservation dynamics at the margins of Rome's historic center Part V: Experiencing Urban Dark Heritage 9. Restoring Overwritten Places: The German Past of Danzig/Gdańsk in Contemporary Polish Prose 10. Longing for the unwanted: Legacies of socialism and urban heritage tourism in contemporary Belgrade

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Gábor Sonkoly is Director of the Doctoral School of History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary.