Belgrade: A Cultural History
Perched above the confluence of two great rivers, the Sava and Danube, Belgrade has been home to many civilizations: Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Magyars, Ottomans and Serbs. A Turkish fortress, the focus for a Serbian principality, an intellectual and artistic center, the city grew until it became capital of Yugoslavia. Now it is one of the largest cities in south-eastern Europe and capital of the Republic of Serbia. Despite many challenges, Belgrade has resisted assimilation and created a unique cultural identity out of its many contrasting sides, sometimes with surprising consequences.
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THE FORTRESS ABOVE THE TWO RIVERS THE CITYS FOUNDATIONS
FROM REPUBLIC SQUARE TO THE RIVER SAVA THE SERBIAN UPRISINGS AND LATER
FROM KNEZ MIHAILO STREET TO THE RIVER DANUBE THE ROAD TO MODERNIZATION
TERAZIJE AND KING MILAN STREET CAPITAL OF SERBIA AND YUGOSLAVIA
KING ALEXANDER BOULEVARD AND TAŠMAJDAN THE RISING STAR OF COMMUNISM
KNEZ MILOŠ STREET DEDINJE AND TOPCIDER FROM TITOS DEATH TO CIVIL WAR
SLAVIJA ENGLEZOVAC AND THE VRACAR PLATEAU BELGRADE UNDER A FOREIGN GAZE
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