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The Culture of Regionalism
Author: Eric Storm

ISBN: 9780719081477
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 17.0 x 2.54
This pioneering book studies the rise, heyday and demise of regionalism from the Belle +poque until the Eve of the Second World War. By using a novel comparative perspective it gives a fresh view of the relationship between regionalism, regional movements and nation-building. Storm further illuminates how during the first decades of the twentieth century the culture of regionalism slowly lost the battle against its main rival, the avant-garde.

Regional identities, like national identities, were created and sometimes even invented; and this was equally the case in France, Germany and Spain. Artists, architects and international exhibitions played a highly influential role in this process. During the 1890's painters began to apply the regionalist ideology by producing images of a presumably harmonious and authentic rural society. Shortly afterwards they were followed by architects, who constructed villas and garden cities inspired by vernacular cottages. Later on regionalism was used at international exhibitions by widely differing regimes, such as the Primo de Rivera dictatorship in Spain, the Popular Front government in France, and the Nazis in Germany....

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