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Warsaw has an unenviable reputation in the minds of many: often invoked as the epitome of the brutal environment produced by Soviet aesthetics and planning, its name conjures up a grey, faceless world of tower blocks and Orwellian governmental buildings; its image - perhaps more so than that of any other city in the former Soviet block - inextricably tied to the fate of the Communist system. Warsaw appears to have been locked in the vice of history - crushed by one totalitarian system, remade by another, only now being liberated by market forces. The history of this power play is only one of the stories that can be told about the life and environment of Warsaw; however, to those who live there or know the city well, Warsaw can be an exciting and stimulating place.

Avoiding the predictable pathways of conventional architectural and urban history writing, David Crowley reveals Warsaws visual and urban cultural history through narrative and anecdote, telling stories of the everyday, albeit in extraordinary circumstances. Warsaw examines the ways in which the fabric of the city has been shaped by Communist ideology since the late 1940s, and shows how the city has been spectacularly transformed since the introduction of a market economy in 1989. It also reflects on the ways in which the citizens of Warsaw use and enrich their living areas and the city they inhabit. In Warsaw, the past runs deep, and buildings are marked by myths and curses. David Crowley acts as our guide through this scarred yet uplifting terrain.

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Warsaw has an unenviable reputation in the minds of many, yet, for those who live there or know the city well, Warsaw can be an exciting and stimulating place. David Crowley examines Warsaw in the period following the Second World War, and shows how the architecture and culture of the city has been rebuilt from a sea of ashes and rubble.

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Part of the "Topographics" series, David Crowley's study presents a cultural and architectural history of post-war Warsaw.

Synopsis:

The Polish city of Warsaw is often invoked as the epitome of the brutal environment produced by Soviet aesthetics and planning. In fact, it has been spectacularly transformed since the introduction of a market economy in 1989. Yet shadows from its past remain. In "Warsaw," David Crowley tells the cultural history of the city through narrative and anecdote and reflects on the ways in which lived space is used and lent meaning by its inhabitants.

About the Author

David Crowley is Tutor in the History of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. He is the author of National Style and Nation-state: Design in Poland from the Vernacular Revival to the International Style (1992) and Socialism and Style: Material Culture in Post-war Eastern Europe (2000).

Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Monuments in RuinsII. Shops and MarketsIII. At Home in the CityConclusion: Whither Public Space?ReferencesAcknowledgementsPhotographic Acknowledgements

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861891792
Author:
Crowley, David
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Eastern Europe - Poland
Subject:
History
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Warsaw
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-Eastern Europe
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Topographics
Series Volume:
GTR-550
Publication Date:
November 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.15 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Eastern Europe » Poland
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
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Product details 224 pages Reaktion Books - English 9781861891792 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Warsaw has an unenviable reputation in the minds of many, yet, for those who live there or know the city well, Warsaw can be an exciting and stimulating place. David Crowley examines Warsaw in the period following the Second World War, and shows how the architecture and culture of the city has been rebuilt from a sea of ashes and rubble.
"Synopsis" by , Part of the "Topographics" series, David Crowley's study presents a cultural and architectural history of post-war Warsaw.
"Synopsis" by , The Polish city of Warsaw is often invoked as the epitome of the brutal environment produced by Soviet aesthetics and planning. In fact, it has been spectacularly transformed since the introduction of a market economy in 1989. Yet shadows from its past remain. In "Warsaw," David Crowley tells the cultural history of the city through narrative and anecdote and reflects on the ways in which lived space is used and lent meaning by its inhabitants.
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