Imagining, Planning, and Building Mostar After the War

Part of the The Contemporary City book series (TCONTCI)


This chapter introduces the city of Mostar. It provides a short but comprehensive overview of the physical expansion of the city from its Ottoman foundations to the post-war ethno-national polarisation. It accounts for how, under the international supervision of the European Union, Mostar became the case study for the implementation of reconciliation strategies that led to a forced reunification in 2004. The chapter discusses how the representation of Mostar as ‘united’ or ‘divided’ affects the ways in which the city is administered and planned, creating contradictions between the international and local visions for the future of the city.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for the Study of Ethnic and Religious DiversityGöttingenGermany

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