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From the Publisher'For anyone who might still doubt the existence of an overall European culture and its coexistence in permanent dialogue with national cultures, the history of restoration, as presented by architect Jukka Jokilehto, should be a convincing demonstration'
Paul Philippot, Director Emeritus of ICCROM and Universite Libre of Brussels
'An excellent review of attempts over a vast sweep of historical time to preserve our built heritage.'
'This book is a thought provoking and illuminating read.'
'This book is a scholarly work, based on archival research of original documents and the study of key restoration examples in countries that have influenced the international conservation movement. It includes conservation trends in Europe, the USA, India, Iran and Japan. The book is accessible in style and highly relevant to all practitioners.'
'Jokilehto deserves praise for bringing together for the first time the chief sources of western European conservation ethics in a readable and thoughtful...style.'
The Architects' Journal
'In addition to being comprehensive and excellently produced and illustrated, this is a very timely book. Jokilehto's book is a must for all interested in understanding more about the history of building conservation in Europe.'
Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review
'A reassuringly major tome.'
The Victorian, Magazine of the Victorian Society
'This is a book that can be recommended to all those involved or interested in the conservation of historic buildings. Dr Jokilehto has been employed for over twenty-five years by ICCROM and previously worked with ICCROM and UNESCO and the World Heritage Convention. This gives his book an extraordinary depth of knowledge and range of reference across many countries and cultures. It is also very well-written and organized.'
'Few other conservation professionals could have undertaken this book and no conservation professional should be without access to a copy.'
Journal of Architectural Conservation
'This book is a timely and important contribution to our own attitude to preserving the past.'
'It is a good read.'
Natural Stone Specialist
Jokilehto's book is definitely not to be taken lightly... for it provides a solid foundation to the discipline. The amount of information provided by the author is remarkable, constituting a fundamental tool to all those willing to achieve a better understanding of both past conservation tendencies and present day movements. - The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
...the book is outstanding and constitutes a fundamental landmark for all readers looking for an in-depth view of the general conservation concepts. - The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
Jokilheto's book, awaited for more than a decade by all those involved in theory of conservation is finally available to reach a wide audience and to provide a considerable amount of essential information that would otherwise be hard to obtain. -
The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation
...it is worth every cent of its price because it is a landmark in modern conservation efforts. - The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation