The Cultural Landscape & Heritage Paradox: Protection and Development of the Dutch Archaeological-historical Landscape and Its European Dimension

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Tom Bloemers, Henk Kars, Arnold Van der Valk
Amsterdam University Press, 2010 - Social Science - 739 pages
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Increasingly, the role of heritage management is to anticipate and guide future environmental change rather than to simply protect landscapes of the past. This charge presents a paradox for those invested in the preservation of the past: in order to preserve the historic environment, they have to collaborate with others who wish to change it, and in order to apply their expert knowledge, they must demonstrate its benefits for policy and society. The solution advocated here is an integrative landscape approach that draws on multiple disciplines and establishes links between archaeological-historical heritage and planning and between research and policy.


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Tom Bloemers is professor emeritus of archeological monuments, landscape, and heritage at the University of Amsterdam.

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