Warscapes: Introduction

  • Mirjana Ristic
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict book series (PSCHC)


Throughout history, city and war have reshaped each other. From the ancient polis to the contemporary metropolis, cities have been walled, besieged, burned down, bombed out, divided, segregated, terrorized and traumatized. Built environments have provided the battlefields and targets of war, albeit with different military architectures, strategies and arms. In contemporary “new wars” (Kaldor 2007), waged since the end of the Cold War, not only does the cityscape provide an arena for fighting, but architecture and urban space have also been adapted as military weaponry (Weizman 2007; Coward 2009; Graham 2010).


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  • Mirjana Ristic
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  1. 1.Institute for SociologyTechnical University of DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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