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#019: A New Town in Socialist Yugoslavia in comparative perspective

#019: A New Town in Socialist Yugoslavia in comparative perspective

With Ana Kladnik.

After 1945, Yugoslavia aimed at fostering its industrial infrastructure by bringing factories closer to the sites where natural resources were abundant. The "new town" of Velenje in Slovenia was planned in this context in order to provide good housing for the coal miners previously living in surrounding villages. In this episode, we discuss the impact of this urban experiment in the socialization of its inhabitants, the decision making process in its planning, mobilization in form of voluntary work, and the exposure of an urban model to foreign visitors. All these topics are examined in a comparative perspective, focused on another "new town", Havířov in nowadays Czech Republic but expanding to a transnational framework beyond the socialist bloc.

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