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063-0311-16L  Transitional Periods: Political Iconology - Architecture in Central Europe 1450-1800

SemesterAutumn Semester 2016
LecturersM. Gnehm
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


AbstractThe lecture course discusses issues of architecture as a bearer of political meaning in central Europe from 1450 to 1800.
ObjectiveUnderstanding of political contingencies in architecture and its history.
ContentThe notion "central Europe" is a highly politicised geographical term in historiography. During the period in question (1450-1800) the history of central Europe is primarily the history of the Holy Roman Empire and the House of Habsburg. Although the huge area was shaped by the Habsburg idea of empire, it was characterized by the particularistic sovereignty of the many territorial lords. Religious wars further complicated the situation. The lecture course analyses with regard to political and historical changes to what extent secular and sacred buildings in Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, and Austria could assume functions as a bearer of political meaning.