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Urbanism and Dictatorship: A European Perspective

Author/EditorGuerra, Max Welch (Author)
Sassi, Piero (Author)
Welch Guerra, Max (Author)
Publisher: Birkhauser
ISBN: 9783038216605
Pub Date29/01/2015
BindingPaperback
Pages248
Dimensions (mm)190(h) * 140(w)
Urbanism in dictatorship has been discussed from the national view only, but urbanism has always been an instrument to gain recognition by other states. This book analyses dictatorship in Italy, Portugal, Spain, Germany and the Soviet Union, discusses the state of research, and presents new research.
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In the first half of the twentieth century, urban design under the influence of European dictatorships not only served to support the rulers in their own country, but also to gain the recognition of the democratic states. After the National Socialist regime came to power in Germany, urban design increasingly became the trump card in the competition amongst the large dictatorships in Europe - almost as in the time of absolutism. Irrespective of all conflicts and political orientations, there was an intense exchange of ideas amongst the states in Europe.
It is therefore not adequate to make an assessment just from the point of view of the dictatorships. The overarching view helps to understand the special characteristics of each dictatorship and also disproves some simplified interpretations of their respective approaches to urban design. That is not just of historic interest; the discussion of the issue of dictatorships is always also an expression of our social condition, our commemorative culture, our ability to recognize old and new forms of dictatorship - even today!
The book discusses the state of research into urban design under five dictatorships during the first half of the twentieth century, and presents new research results based on examples.

In the first half of the twentieth century, urban design under the influence of European dictatorships not only served to support the rulers in their own country, but also to gain the recognition of the democratic states. After the National Socialist regime came to power in Germany, urban design increasingly became the trump card in the competition amongst the large dictatorships in Europe - almost as in the time of absolutism. Irrespective of all conflicts and political orientations, there was an intense exchange of ideas amongst the states in Europe.
It is therefore not adequate to make an assessment just from the point of view of the dictatorships. The overarching view helps to understand the special characteristics of each dictatorship and also disproves some simplified interpretations of their respective approaches to urban design. That is not just of historic interest; the discussion of the issue of dictatorships is always also an expression of our social condition, our commemorative culture, our ability to recognize old and new forms of dictatorship - even today!
The book discusses the state of research into urban design under five dictatorships during the first half of the twentieth century, and presents new research results based on examples.

Harald Bodenschatz, Center for Metropol.Studies TU Berlin; Welch Guerra, Bauhaus-Institute; Piero Sassi, Bauhaus-Universitat Weimar

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