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.