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Europe, Le Corbusier and the Balkans

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posted on 2017-01-01, 00:00 authored by Mirjana LozanovskaMirjana Lozanovska
The Balkans have been mythologized as the “non-European part of Europe,” their edge geography exploited as a barbaric outpost against Europe’s foundational myth as “civilization.” Balkanism as a synonym for backward, tribal, and uncivilized reappears in the tragedy of Yugoslavia, generalized by the West as a brutal Balkan War.1 Narratives of industrialization, modernization, and urbanization have defined twentieth-century Europe, but in Imagining the Balkans, Maria Todorova reminds us that modern Europe’s political model—the nation state—depends on processes of homogenization and practices of ethnic cleansing.2 Her point, and it is also the first ground-clearing premise of this essay: the Balkans do not have a monopoly on brutality.

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Journal

ABE journal: architecture beyond Europe

Volume

11

Pagination

1 - 4

Publisher

Institut national d'histoire de l'art

Location

Paris, France

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2275-6639

Language

eng/french

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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[2017, Institut national d'histoire de l'art]

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