Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Book Recommendation: The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor, and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy

Editorial Reviews

"Mentioned in a publication of "The Architectural Review, ."
June 2001

An important contribution shedding light upon the manifold interrelations between politics, architecture and the economy of the camp system. - Planning Perspectives, 17 February 2002

An invaluable understanding of the politics of architecture, one that complements and enhances those investigations to Nazi architectures expression, ideological function with which we are already familiar. - Oxford Art Journal

It does cast a significant new light on attempts to strip Nazi architecture of its political and moral associations. - Building Design, April 20, 2000

Jaskots attention to actions rather than motives, and to quarries rather than aesthetics, gives precision and weight to his argument about the importance placed upon monumental architecture in Nazi Germany, - Harvard Design Magazine

Paul Jaskots book is a welcome injection of life into what had become a stale debate. - Building Design, April 20, 2000

The Architecture of Oppression could become a prime reference for the issues of art, architecture, and urban design, and the role of politics in general and the Nazis in particular. - Town Planning Review

This book is the result of painstaking research ... Jaskot has put another nail in the coffin of Leon Kriers extraordinary attempt to exonerate the Nazi monuments by removing them from their political context. - The Architectural Review

Mentioned in a publication of The Architectural Review,.
June 2001

Product Description
Exploring the reasons why the SS chose to focus so many of its forced-labor concerns around the production of building materials, The Architecture of Oppression argues that the architectural history of Nazi Germany is inextricably linked to its most punitive institutions. Through an analysis of such major Nazi building projects as the Nuremberg Party Rally Grounds and the rebuilding of Berlin, Paul Jaskot ties together the development of the German building economy, state architectural goals and the rise of the SS as a political and economic force.

**The Architecture of Oppression has all the hallmarks of Jaskot's articles: brilliant writing, impeccable scholarship and surprising wit. It is likely to become the standard work in the field, and would also make an excellent primer on fascist architecture for the general reader.**

Paul Jaskot teaches courses in modern art and architecture (Europe and North America), the history of architecture, art historical methodology, and specific courses on the relationship between politics and art. His research focuses on modern German art and architecture. His book, The Architecture of Oppression: The SS, Forced Labor, and the Nazi Monumental Building Economy was published by Routledge (2000). He is the founder of the Radical Art/Art History Caucus, an official affiliated society of the College Art Association.

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