Belgrade A Cultural History

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Oxford University Press, USA, Oct 29, 2008 - Travel - 280 pages
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Perched above the confluence of two great rivers, the Sava and Danube, Belgrade has been home to many civilizations: Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Magyars, Ottomans and Serbs. A Turkish fortress, the focus for a Serbian principality, an intellectual and artistic center, the city grew until it became capital of Yugoslavia. Now it is one of the largest cities in south-eastern Europe and capital of the Republic of Serbia. Despite many challenges, Belgrade has resisted assimilation and created a unique cultural identity out of its many contrasting sides, sometimes with surprising consequences.
 

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Contents

THE FORTRESS ABOVE THE TWO RIVERS THE CITYS FOUNDATIONS
1
FROM REPUBLIC SQUARE TO THE RIVER SAVA THE SERBIAN UPRISINGS AND LATER
27
FROM KNEZ MIHAILO STREET TO THE RIVER DANUBE THE ROAD TO MODERNIZATION
55
TERAZIJE AND KING MILAN STREET CAPITAL OF SERBIA AND YUGOSLAVIA
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KING ALEXANDER BOULEVARD AND TAŠMAJDAN THE RISING STAR OF COMMUNISM
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KNEZ MILOŠ STREET DEDINJE AND TOPCIDER FROM TITOS DEATH TO CIVIL WAR
157
SLAVIJA ENGLEZOVAC AND THE VRACAR PLATEAU BELGRADE UNDER A FOREIGN GAZE
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THE CITY ACROSS THE RIVER TWENTYFIRST CENTURY BELGRADE
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Serbian Language and Names of Streets
235
FURTHER READING
241
INDEX OF LITERARY HISTORICAL NAMES
249
INDEX OF PLACES LANDMARKS
253
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