Cities, Nationalism and Conflict

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


This chapter reviews the existing literature from the fields of architecture, urban design, geography, history, politics and sociology that addresses the spatial dimensions of political conflict. It does so by reflecting on the concepts and methodologies that have emerged within the current research, in particular, studies of urbicide, memoricide, warchitecture, difficult heritage, urban trauma and memory. The chapter argues that existing studies provide seminal tools for thinking about spatial dimensions of war: however, they are grounded in conceptions of place that have some limitations. It proposes an alternative methodology grounded in assemblage thinking as the conceptual framework and urban mapping as a research tool. It argues that these provide multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional and multi-scalar methodology that enables understanding of the complexity of the spatial dynamics of war.


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

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