War and Cultural Heritage

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Marie Louise Stig Sørensen, Dacia Viejo-Rose
Cambridge University Press, Mar 30, 2015 - Architecture - 291 pages
The reconstruction of society after conflict is complex and multifaceted. This book investigates this theme as it relates to cultural heritage through a number of case studies relating to European wars since 1864. The case studies show in detail how buildings, landscapes, and monuments become important agents in postconflict reconstruction, as well as how their meanings change and how they become sites of competition over historical narratives and claims. Looking at iconic and lesser-known sites, this book connects broad theoretical discussions of reconstruction and memorialization to specific physical places, and in the process it traces shifts in their meanings over time. This book identifies common threads and investigates their wider implications. It explores the relationship between cultural heritage and international conflict, paying close attention to the long aftermaths of acts of destruction and reconstruction and making important contributions through the use of new empirical evidence and critical theory.

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Marie Louise Stig S rensen is a Reader in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Bronze Age Studies at Leiden University. She coordinates the University of Cambridge's postgraduate degree programme in archaeological heritage and museums, one of the first degree courses in this field. She has considerable research experience, including partnerships on projects such as the EU project Emergence of European Societies, the Leverhulme-funded project Changing Beliefs of the Human Body, the Hera-funded Investigation of Creativity and Craft Production in Middle and Late Bronze Age Europe, and the Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict - EU FP7 (CRIC) project. Her publications include Heritage Studies: Methods and Approaches (co-edited with John Carman, 2009).

Dacia Viejo-Rose is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2012 4) based at the University of Cambridge. Her current research project is on cultural violence and violence against culture. She is the author of Reconstructing Spain: Cultural Heritage and Memory after Civil War (2011). Viejo-Rose was coordinator of the European Cultural Foundation's UK national committee, organising a series of seminars at Chatham House (2003 ). She also worked at UNESCO in the Department of Cultural Policies for Development (2000 ), where she managed the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Cultural Heritage and the Reconstruction of Identities after Conflict - EU FP7 (CRIC) project.

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