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Habsburg Lemberg

Architecture, Public Space, and Politics in the Galician Capital, 1772-1914

by Markian Prokopovych

Publication Year: 2009

Habsburg Lemberg: Architecture, Public Space, and Politics in the Galician Capital, 1772–1914 reveals that behind a variety of national and positivist historical narratives of Lemberg and of its architecture, there always existed a city that was labeled cosmopolitan yet provincial; and a Vienna, but still of the East. Buildings, streets, parks, and monuments became part and parcel of a complex set of culturally driven politics.

Published by: Purdue University Press


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Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. vii-viii


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pp. ix-xi

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p. xiii

I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have read and commented on this text – or fragments of it – in both its earlier and later incarnations: Susan Zimmermann, Maciej Janowski, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Michael Miller, and Ilona Sármány-Parsons at the Central European University, Budapest; Kati Vörös at...

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pp. xv-xvi

Markian Prokopovych offers here a fresh and original history of architecture, public celebrations, and public space in Lemberg/Lwów/L’viv, the capital of Austrian Galicia from the late eighteenth century to World War I. This book can serve as a model for writing the history of modern urban design in Central European...

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Introduction: The Other Lemberg

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pp. 1-18

On 11 August 1869, members of the Polish Democratic Party – Franciszek Smolka, former revolutionary, later provincial Diet (Sejm) and Austrian parliament (Reichsrat) deputy and an honorary citizen of Lemberg,1 together with a small group of his followers from the National-Democratic Society – assembled...

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Chapter One. Architecture, Public Space, and Politics Revisited

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pp. 19-62

The last decade of the eighteenth century following Joseph II’s death and the rise of Klemens Metternich’s police state in the early nineteenth century was marked by the termination, and even reversal, of many Josephinian reforms in politics and social affairs.1 In Galicia and elsewhere in the empire, many scholars have...

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Chapter Two. Writing the City: Bureaucrats, Historians, Technicians, and Nationals

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pp. 63-132

The official architecture of the Austrian Vormärz, the neoclassicism of Pietro Nobile (1776-1854), the Royal Court architect and director of the Viennese Academy of Arts that was influential in Lemberg until the 1830s, has traditionally received little appreciation, even though leading Polish interwar scholars recognized...

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Chapter Three. Making the City: Institutions, Parks, Monuments

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pp. 133-195

As early as the Vormärz, provincial and Municipal Building authorities in Lemberg were not the only actors in the rebuilding of the city, even if at times their role was decisive in a project’s fulfillment. For a project to succeed, even the most zealous commitment by some state administrators was not enough, and...

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Chapter Four. Using the City: Commemorations, Restorations, Exhibitions

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pp. 197-274

The meaning of architecture speaks not only through the peculiarities of the building process and the art historian’s commentary, but also through its uses: buildings can be adapted, restored, or preserved in a particular form and decorated with new symbols and inscriptions for particular occasions. Temporary...

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Conclusions [Includes Image Plates]

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pp. 275-303

The tendency to write history along the narrow lines of national narratives and professional architectural/art history – themselves often written from nationalist perspectives – has led to overly simplistic understandings of Habsburg Lemberg’s architecture. To successfully portray the complexity of its...


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p. 305


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pp. 307-345


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pp. 347-357

E-ISBN-13: 9781612490762
E-ISBN-10: 161249076X
Print-ISBN-13: 9781557535108
Print-ISBN-10: 1557535108

Page Count: 364
Publication Year: 2009

OCLC Number: 794927791
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  • Architecture and society -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv.
  • City planning -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv.
  • Lʹviv (Ukraine) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • Nationalism and architecture -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv.
  • Architecture -- Political aspects -- Ukraine -- Lʹviv.
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