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Kraljevsko zemaljsko hrvatsko kazalište u Zagrebu tokom Prvog svjetskog rata


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Raspor, Tizian. (2017). Kraljevsko zemaljsko hrvatsko kazalište u Zagrebu tokom Prvog svjetskog rata. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of History. [mentor Strecha, Mario].

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Croatian Royal State Theatre in Zagreb represents an institution which was from its 19th century beginnings under vigorous scrutiny from governments in Vienna and Zagreb. Apart from strong influence in the matters of organization, Vienna was also a centre of cultural transfer, since the biggest part of the repertoire was filled with plays that originated from German-speaking countries, which was the case until the World War I ended. State Theatre in Zagreb was already a modern institution before the War even erupted, thanks to reforms which were conducted by intendant Stjepan Miletić in late 19th century. Despite that fact, everyday rhythm of theatre staff members was disrupted by newly established war circumstances and State Theatre had to cope with challenges like the matter of financing, shortages of resources and staff mobilization. Although the authorities tried to use the theatre for igniting a patriotic spark in the audience, the institution itself took a completely different role during the World War I. As the analysis of wartime repertoire indicates, majority of performed plays had a comic character, such as comedies, operettas and farces. Further, the audience insisted on those kind of performances which means that during the war primary function of State Theatre in Zagreb was an escapist one, similar to other theatres in Europe. And it was because of that escapist role that State Thetare continued to operate during the war with same or even larger capacity then in the pre-war period, and the audience was respectful of that condition. Conclusions such as these can provide a good starting point in the reinterpretation of so far dominant discourse on State Theatre during World War I which describes that period as an era of stagnation and decadence.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Subjects: History
Departments: Department of History
Supervisor: Strecha, Mario
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 10:07
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 10:07

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