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Building The State Architecture Politics

Building The State Architecture Politics And State Formation In Postwar Central Europe

Building The State Architecture Politics And State Formation In Postwar Central Europe

This book began its life an embarrassingly long time ago as a doctoral dissertation. When a project takes so long to mature, one incurs numerous debts in the process.I was very lucky to have a generous, intellectually rigorous, and exceptionally committed group of faculty members at Princeton University to teach me the tricks of the trade.

I thank my formal committee members and a handful of informal but regular interlocutors for their advice, support, and patience Michele Lamont, Frank Dobbin, Marion Fourcade, Anson Rabinbach, and Viviana Zelizer have followed this project from the very start and are chiefly responsible for making it better. I am also grateful to Bob Wuthnow and Paul DiMaggio for their comments on the final product and the first invaluable tips on how an unwieldy dissertation could be transformed into a readable book.

Revising the dissertation into a book turned out to be an extended journey ripe with interesting detours, giving me an opportunity to branch out into several scholarly subfields to explore and develop the interdisciplinary edge of the project During my search for the right intellectual frame I have received priceless advice from a small army of sociologists, historians, and architectural historians including Julia Adams, Michel Anteby, Marta Branczik, Diane Davis,Manali Desai, Eiko Ikegami, Rachel Sherman, Libby Schweber, Endre Prakfalvi, Pal Rit06k, Leslie Sklair, George Steinmentz, Iddo Tavory, Maiken Umbach, and Rosemary Wakeman.

I am especially indebted to Leslie Sklair for suggesting the Architext series at Routledge as a potential outlet for the book and to Anthony King and Tom Markus for endorsing, and polishing, the project The anonymous reviewers helped me to refine and clarify the book’s central argument, and the responsive and friendly editorial staff at Routledge put the manuscript through a seamless production process. Parts of Chapters 3, 4, and 5 were incorporated into journal articles that have previously appeared in the American Sociological Review, the Journal of Design History, and the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.


Research for the book benefited from the support of a wide array of institutions and grants the Graduate School of Princeton University, the Fellowship of Woodrow Wilson Scholars, the Center for Regional Studies at Princeton University, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD), the Department of Sociology and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant The NSF grant enabled me to hire a transcriber, and I thank Andras Szigeti for his expert transcription of my messy German interviews.


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