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Political Identity, Public Memory and Urban Space: A Case Study of Parcul Carol I , Bucharest from 1906 to the Present

Political Identity, Public Memory and Urban Space: A Case Study of Parcul Carol I , Bucharest... Abstract This article analyses the inter-relationship between political identity, public memory and urban space in South-east Europe through a case study of Parcul Carol I (Carol I Park) in Bucharest, Romania from 1906 to the present. The article analyses how the urban cultural landscape has been reshaped to support the political ambitions of three successive regimes—Romania as a kingdom and liberal constitutional monarchy (1881–1938); state-socialist Romania (1947–1989); and the post-socialist Romanian state from 1989. The article highlights complex continuity from the state-socialist period under post-socialism, rather than destruction of the landscape of state-socialism, combined with the return of pre-socialist landscape elements. The article argues for the need for studies of the fate of state-socialist urban landscapes under post-socialism which consider the complexities introduced by the persistence of landscape elements from the pre-socialist and state-socialist periods and their combination with pre-socialist and post-socialist landscapes to produce hybrid memory-scapes and spaces of the nation. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Europe-Asia Studies Taylor & Francis

Political Identity, Public Memory and Urban Space: A Case Study of Parcul Carol I , Bucharest from 1906 to the Present

Europe-Asia Studies , Volume 62 (9): 26 – Nov 1, 2010
26 pages

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Taylor & Francis
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1465-3427
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0966-8136
DOI
10.1080/09668136.2010.515792
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Abstract

Abstract This article analyses the inter-relationship between political identity, public memory and urban space in South-east Europe through a case study of Parcul Carol I (Carol I Park) in Bucharest, Romania from 1906 to the present. The article analyses how the urban cultural landscape has been reshaped to support the political ambitions of three successive regimes—Romania as a kingdom and liberal constitutional monarchy (1881–1938); state-socialist Romania (1947–1989); and the post-socialist Romanian state from 1989. The article highlights complex continuity from the state-socialist period under post-socialism, rather than destruction of the landscape of state-socialism, combined with the return of pre-socialist landscape elements. The article argues for the need for studies of the fate of state-socialist urban landscapes under post-socialism which consider the complexities introduced by the persistence of landscape elements from the pre-socialist and state-socialist periods and their combination with pre-socialist and post-socialist landscapes to produce hybrid memory-scapes and spaces of the nation.

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Europe-Asia StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2010

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