Brigitte Le Normand is assistant professor of history at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.
"A must-read for anyone interested in the complexity of industrial
modernity and its interplay with architecture and city planning.
The book will be very useful to urban and architectural historians
in its thoughtful analysis of the application of the principles of
the 1934 Athens Charter to Yugoslav socialist conditions . . . Area
scholars of Central/Eastern Europe will find it engaging because it
advances understanding of the unique political conditions and
intellectual debates that made Yugoslavia the Eastern Bloc social
and economic miracle that it once was. Sociologists and
anthropologists will learn much about the intricacies of everyday
life in a large International Style community of the type that
sprang around the large cities across the world at the time."
--Canadian Slavonic Papers
"Le Normand's book is based on impressive research into Yugoslav
primary sources, and it represents an important addition to a
growing body of literature on socialist Yugoslavia."
--Journal of Modern History
"An excellent and important study of urban planing in postwar Yugoslavia. This superb book tells us that more needs to be written about the relationship of eastern and western planning, which will, I suspect, force us to revisit conventional narratives of the Cold War."
"A valuable and very detailed piece of research, which will be a good reference for anyone researching postwar Belgrade in such disciplines as history, architectural history, and the history of urban planning, as well as background for urban sociology-oriented research. Scholars in cultural studies, sociology, and urban planning will also find it useful for comparative or in-depth exploration."
"Making a welcome return to the original focus of urban history,
Le Normand's study takes us through the planning debates and
processes that sought to transform Belgrade into a modern European
city after the Second World War. It tracks the planners' surprising
transition from an avowedly socialist, centralized, Soviet-style
model--to a decentralized, market-driven approach informed by the
--John R. Lampe, University of Maryland