Bosnia and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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Dr Helen Walasek
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Apr 28, 2015 - Social Science - 280 pages
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The massive intentional destruction of cultural property during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War was a seminal marker in cultural heritage. This important volume offers the first comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the wartime destruction and post-conflict reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural heritage and its far-reaching impact. Scrutinizing the responses of the international community (including UNESCO), and examining the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and implementation of Annex 8 of the Dayton Agreement, it considers questions which have moved to the foreground with the inclusion of cultural heritage preservation in human rights discourse and in post-conflict and development aid.
 

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Contents

An Overview
23
Documenting the Destruction
143
Actors and Agendas in Postconflict
205
The Built Heritage in the PostWar Reconstruction of Stolac
259
Cultural Heritage the Search for Justice and Human Rights
307
A Brief Introduction to the Cultural Heritage of BosniaHerzegovina
323
Glossary
333
Index
375
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Helen Walasek was an Associate of the Bosnian Institute, London, and was Deputy Director of Bosnia-Herzegovina Heritage Rescue (BHHR) for which she worked 1994-1998. She has a Diploma in Museum Studies from University of Leicester. She made many working visits to Bosnia during and after the 1992-1995 war, including as an Expert Consultant for the Council of Europe reporting on museums in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995 and 1996. In 2000 and 2001 she carried out two field trips (with Richard Carlton) making the first post-war assessment of destroyed historic monuments across Bosnia-Herzegovina for which there was little accurate information at the time.

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