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Urban Monuments and the Spatialization of National Ideologies

WithVjeran Pavlaković, Gruia Bădescu

While this chapter broadly looks at the spatialization of national ideologies, it also focuses on several case studies that are particularly relevant to understanding how the past, especially a contested and traumatic one, is mediated in urban space. The wars accompanying Yugoslavia’s dissolution in the 1990s remain a focal point of memory politics, geopolitics, and socio-economic debates, and urban spaces frequently reflect the contested memories of the recent past. As this chapter shows, the intersection of cities and nations, as overlapping rather than discrete levels of political action, makes monuments, street names, and other forms of memorialization types of urban media, which negotiate the recent past.