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Imperialism, Art and Restitution

Imperialism, Art and Restitution

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John O. Haley, John Henry Merryman, James Cuno, Talat Halman, Willard L. Boyd, William St. Clair, Kurt Siehr, Stephen Urice, Michael F. Brown, David Hurst Thomas
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  • Date Published: June 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521859295

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  • The issue of returning art and cultural property removed from explored or conquered lands by Americans and Europeans is an unresolved problem. This book is about the return, or not, of works of art and antiquity taken during the Age of Imperialism and now held in museums and private collections. Arguments put forth by the states seeking return or restitution for lost art treasures and meaningful cultural icons are pitted against conservator interests who maintain that these art treasures and cultural artefacts belong to all humanity and should be preserved in museums. In this volume, scholars and authorities on art, cultural property law and museum collections offer contrasting views on topics such as the Elgin Marbles, the return of the Nefertiti Bust and the problems and progress of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

    • Eminent authors from different fields of art and law discuss this interesting topic
    • A balanced discussion on cultural property
    • Wide audience - for professionals and for those interested in archaeology, anthropology, art history, law and classics
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    "....Overall, the quality of writing and editing is exemplary throughout the book."
    --James A.R. Nafziger, Williamette University College of Law, American Journal of International Law

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521859295
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.58kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword John O. Haley
    Introduction John Henry Merryman
    1. View from the universal museum James Cuno
    2. From global pillage to pillars of collaboration Talat Halman
    3. Museums as centres of cultural understanding Willard L. Boyd
    4. The Parthenon and the Elgin Marbles William St. Clair
    5. Whither the Elgin Marbles? John Henry Merryman
    6. The beautiful one has come - to return: the return of the bust of Nefertiti from Berlin to Cairo Kurt Siehr
    7. The beautiful one has come - to stay Stephen Urice
    8. NAGPRA from the middle distance: reflections on a tangled web of institutional process and intercultural justice Michael F. Brown
    9. Finders and keepers and deep American history: some lessons in dispute resolution David Hurst Thomas.

  • Editor

    John Henry Merryman, Stanford University, California


    John O. Haley, John Henry Merryman, James Cuno, Talat Halman, Willard L. Boyd, William St. Clair, Kurt Siehr, Stephen Urice, Michael F. Brown, David Hurst Thomas

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