International Law, Museums and the Return of Cultural Objects

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Although it is one which has inspired fierce decade in the recent past, the question of the return of cultural objects is not a new one. This important book explores the removal and the return of cultural objects from occupied communities from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century and explores the concurrent evolution of international cultural heritage law. Examining the responses of governments and of museums to the question of restitution, this book is essential reading for archaeologists, international lawyers and all those involved in cultural resource management.
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"The sheer number of citations and the table of instruments alone are indicative of the complexity of the subject matter and the remarkable ability of the author to provide a thorough description of the debate. Simply reading the book for a history of object restitution will provide most any reader with a substantial foundation for further study."
International Law and Politics, Ryan Ghiselli
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521732406
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ana Filipa Vrdoljak is Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The state and national culture in the early nineteenth century; 2. International law, international exhibitions in the late nineteenth century; 3. Dismantling empires and post-World War I peace treaties; 4. Colonised peoples and the League of Nations; 5. Restitution in the mid-twentieth century; 6. Genocide, human rights and colonised peoples during the Cold War; 7. Decolonisation without restitution; 8. Indigenous peoples and restitution as a process; 9. Indigenous peoples, states and reconciliation; Conclusion.
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