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The Authorized Biography of Milan Panic

Mark Axelrod

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Chapter 3. Belgrade, The White City (1926–1929)


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To discuss what Belgrade was like between the wars would be rather difficult to do since the Belgrade Milan Panić grew up in between 1929 and the bombing in 1941 would obviously not be the Belgrade after reconstruction, but as early as November 1918, representatives of the government and the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Serbia and other high-ranking state officials and politicians had been only recently liberated; it was devastated, looted, and resembled a huge military camp. “As the royal palace had been damaged during the bombing, the talks were conducted in Regent Aleksandar’s temporary residence on Terazije, in the home of Belgrade merchant Aleksa Krsmanović (Norris, 2009, p. 59).

The period between the two world wars was one of intensive development for Belgrade, which was becoming increasingly attractive for domestic and foreign capital. That led to an expansion in banking, trade, industry, and other economic activities. A General City Development Plan was adopted for Belgrade in 1923 in an endeavor to adjust matters of architecture and city planning. Rapid expansion was taking place in Senjak, Dedinje, Voždovac, and Dušanovac, as well as in the direction of Avala, Košutnjak, and Čukarica, and towards the Danube (Norris, 2009, p. 61). ← 21 | 22 →

The city’s cultural life at the start of the inter-war period was unfettered, dynamic, and highly diverse in form, aspiration, option, and achievement. It...

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