The Return of Cultural Treasures

The Return of Cultural Treasures

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Jeanette Greenfield
Cambridge University Press
Edition: 3rd edition, 06/12/2007
EAN 9780521802161, ISBN10: 0521802164

Hardcover, 522 pages, 24.7 x 17.4 x 3 cm

In recent years controversial cases such as the so-called Elgin Marbles have prompted public debate on the return of cultural treasures to their homelands. In this fully revised and expanded third edition of her seminal work, The Return of Cultural Treasures, Jeanette Greenfield analyzes and discusses the historical, legal and political issues surrounding a wide cross-section of similar cases. Bringing the story up-to-date, this edition includes new chapters on wartime plunders, deliberately destroyed art and the return of ethnic art such as Australian aboriginal and Native American art. It also explores the palaeontological and marine archaeology issues at play and examines new approaches taken by museums when dealing with cultural objects and their return. Written in a highly accessible style with an interdisciplinary approach, this book will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in cultural heritage, archaeology and anthropology, museums, art history and international law.

[Described the central topic of this book as] 'the morally rather beautiful idea that certain objects belong by right to a culture, and that in certain circumstances this overrides rights of circumstantial ownership.' Arthur C. Danto, Times Literary Supplement