Habsburg Lemberg: Architecture, Public Space, and Politics in the Galician Capital, 1772-1914 (Paperback)
When Austria annexed Galicia during the first partition of Poland in 1772, the province's capital, Lemberg, was a decaying Baroque town. By the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Lemberg had become a booming city with a modern urban and, at the same time, distinctly Habsburg flavor. In the process of the "long" nineteenth century, both Lemberg's appearance and the use of public space changed remarkably. The city center was transformed into a showcase of modernity and a site of conflicting symbolic representations, while other areas were left decrepit, overcrowded, and neglected. 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.
“Markian Prokopovych has written a much needed book on nineteenth-century Lviv. . . With the exception of several studies by Jacek Purchla, Habsburg Lemberg is the first book to go beyond merely discussing architectural styles in nineteenth-century Lviv and to integrate architectural developments with both the city’s rich political and social history and current theoretical frameworks in urban studies and urban history. . . . It is recommended to everyone interested in Habsburg or modern Ukrainian history and can be used in specialized graduate courses.”
About the Author(s):
Markian Prokopovych is a cultural and urban historian focusing on Central and Eastern Europe in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. His areas of expertise cover architectural and art history, urban planning, monument restoration, and musical culture.