National Unity through Regional Diversity: Architecture as Political Reform in Yugoslavia, 1929-1941
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When in 1929 King Alexander I Karadjordjević dissolved the parliament and abolished the constitution of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, it was only the final act in a long lasting political drama which had started back in 1918. The country got a new name - the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and it was divided into new regional units which replaced the former historical provinces. These regions became a nucleus of a new national paradigm with huge ideological loading. Architecture played major part in this new regionalist imagination of Yugoslav identity, expressing a visual language of a newly reconceptualised nation.
Keywords:Kingdom of Yugoslavia / Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes / Regionalism / Modern architecture / National identity / Nationalism / Yugoslavism
Source:Proceedings of the 2nd international conference of the European architecural history network, 2012, 320-325
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