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Urban Design for Mussolini, Stalin, Salazar, Hitler and Franco during the Interwar Period

Session M50 at the 12th International Conference of the European Association for Urban History (Lisbon, September 3–6, 2014)

Christian von Oppen, Technische Universität Berlin,

Earlier this year, the UEDXX for the first time participated in the European Association for Urban History (EAUH) biannual conference in Lisbon. The EAUH conference provides a multidisciplinary forum for the diverse community of urban scholars. Following this multidisciplinary approach, Prof. Dr. Harald Bodenschatz, DI Christian von Oppen and Prof. Dr. Max Welch Guerra (founding members of the network) organized a session about urban design under the European dictatorships of the 20th Century (“Urban Design for Mussolini, Stalin, Salazar, Hitler and Franco during the Interwar Period”, M50). The session mainly focused on an international approach, which was underlined by six contributions representing six different countries.

Due to the forced repression of other European countries, as well as the cultural diplomacy of the most powerful dictatorships of the 20th century (for example, the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy), urban history under dictatorial regimes is a topic with broad international reference. Nevertheless, this important topic is mainly discussed within the single national contexts. During the session, the different contributions made clear that the understanding of the common European history under dictatorships is determined by different national experiences. It is necessary to overcome this gap to achieve a shared understanding of the European history of the 20th Century.

Accepted papers will be published on this website.

Conference session (M50):

Download short report (German): Bericht_SessionM50


The UEDXX network was presented during the networking event on Thursday, September 4, 2014, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.