Join us Wednesday, March 2, for the next event in the IASH Fellows’ Speaker Series. Associate Professor Karen Barzman will present “Soft Architecture and the ‘Movable City’ – Military Camps in Europe’s Early Modern Borderlands” at noon in the IASH Conference Room (LN 1106).
This paper focuses on provisional settlements that sprang up in the hinterlands of Europe as part of the machinery of war before the bounded state. At its most elaborate “the movable city” was replete with kitchens, laundry facilities, storage for ordnance, and temporary lodgings. The paper seeks to write the “movable city” into a spatial history of borderlands, with case studies drawn from the ongoing wars between Venetian Dalmatia and Ottoman Bosnia (16th–18th centuries) in a dense contact zone once again contested during the Balkan “wars of independence” in the 1990s.
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