This fascinating book offers a new perspective on the
architectural history of the Second World War, which in previous
accounts has most often been viewed as a hiatus between peaceful
periods of production. Jean-Louis Cohen contends instead that
during the years between the bombings of Guernica in 1937 and of
Hiroshima in 1945, specific advances were fundamental to the
process of modernization and led to the definitive supremacy of
modernism in architecture.
Centering the discussion on ten main themes, the author
investigates various aspects of architecture's mobilization in the
war years, as well as the trajectories of individual architects. He
analyzes architectural developments worldwide and takes into
account each of the major participants in the war, including the
United States, Japan, Great Britain, France, Italy, the
Netherlands, Germany, and the Soviet Union. The book not only
focuses on plans, buildings, and technological inventions but also
examines the many types of visual representation used for war
purposes, enhanced by a rich array of more than 300
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