Projektdesign: Devastated Landscapes

David Novotny, PhD project: Devastated Landscapes

The PhD project will investigate the problem of devastated landscapes following the project’s research agenda on three levels: first, by scrutinizing the impact of military techniques and strategies on battlefields and landscapes, for example by destruction through artillery and fortifications; secondly, by analyzing the impact of secondary destructions during the war, for example by deforestation effected by civilians, to gain heating materials during war; and third, by scrutinizing the long-lasting impact of modernization measures effected by Austro-Hungarian troops, as bridges, railroads and water supply systems within the areas of military operations and occupations during and after the war.