Journal or Book Title
The British Journal of Sociology
Postwar architecture in Communist Europe has a reputation for ugliness, shoddy construction, and, through its very existence, complicity with the regimes. Scholars of the built environment have been slow to initiate research on the topic because of judgments about the quality of the architecture itself, as well as an aversion to the politically charged discourse around it. In this ambitious and multidisciplinary book, sociologist Virág Molnár works against these perceptions and decisively argues that our understanding of Communism in Europe must include an analysis of the ‘transformation of the built environment,’ since this transformation ‘was politically mobilized in the service of social change, ﬁrst in socialist modernization and then in the post-socialist transition’ (p. 3).
London School of Economics and Political Science
Zarecor, Kimberly Elman, "V. Molnár Building the State: Architecture, Politics, and State Formation in Post-War Central Europe. 2013 Routledge 210 pp. £70.00 (hardback)" (2015). Architecture Publications. 43.