This book explores the various ways imperial rule constituted and shaped the cities of Eastern Europe until World War I in the Tsarist, Habsburg, and Ottoman empires.

In these three empires, the cities served as hubs of imperial rule: their institutions and infrastructures enabled the diffusion of power within the empires while they also served as the stages where the empire was displayed in monumental architecture and public rituals. To this day, many cities possess a distinctively imperial legacy in the form of material remnants, groups of inhabitants, or memories that shape the perceptions of in- and outsiders. The contributions to this volume address in detail the imperial entanglements of a dozen cities from a long-term perspective reaching back to the eighteenth century. They analyze the imperial capitals as well as smaller cities in the periphery. All of them are "imperial cities" in the sense that they possess traces of imperial rule. By comparing the three empires of Eastern Europe this volume seeks to establish commonalities in this particular geography and highlight trans-imperial exchanges and entanglements.

This volume is essential reading to students and scholars alike interested in imperial and colonial history, urban history, and European history.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons [Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND)] 4.0 license.

chapter 1|8 pages


ByUlrich Hofmeister, Florian Riedler
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part I|38 pages

Conceptual Opening

chapter 2|36 pages

Cities, Empires, and Eastern Europe

Imperial Cities in the Tsarist, the Habsburg, and the Ottoman Empires
ByUlrich Hofmeister
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part II|162 pages

Manifestations of the Imperial in Urban Space

chapter 3|37 pages

The Imperial Palaces in Comparative Perspective

Topkapı, Kremlin, and Hofburg
ByNilay Özlü
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chapter 5|36 pages

Imperial Power, Imperial Identity, and Kazan Architecture

Visualizing the Empire in a Nineteenth-Century Russian Province
ByGulchachak Nugmanova
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chapter 6|39 pages

Bound by Difference

The Merger of Rostov and Nakhichevan-on-Don into an Imperial Metropolis during the Nineteenth Century
ByMichel Abesser
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part III|140 pages

The City as a Palimpsest of Empires

chapter 7|28 pages

Guarding the Imperial Border

The Fortress City of Niš between the Habsburgs and the Ottomans, 1690–1740
ByFlorian Riedler
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chapter 8|31 pages

Empire after Empire

Austro-Hungarian Recalibration of the Ottoman Čaršija of Sarajevo
ByAida Murtić
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chapter 9|28 pages

Lemberg or L'vov

The Symbolic Significance of a City at the Crossroads of the Austrian and the Russian Empires
ByElisabeth Haid-Lener
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chapter 10|22 pages


Bridgehead of Empires
ByElke Hartmann
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chapter 11|29 pages

(De)constructing Imperial Heritage

Moscow Zaryadye in Times of Transition
ByOlga Zabalueva
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part IV|20 pages


chapter 12|18 pages

Imperial Cities and Recent Research Trends

Nostalgia, Water Infrastructure, and Segregation
ByJulia Obertreis
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