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Towards World Heritage: International Origins of the Preservation Movement, 1870-1930

edited by Melanie Hall
Farnham, Surrey : Burlington, VT : Ashgate, c2011.
Heritage, culture and identity
Heritage, culture, and identity
9781409407720 (hardback : alk. paper), 1409407721 (hardback : alk. paper), 9781409407737 (ebook), 140940773X (ebook)
"Historic preservation, whether of landscapes or buildings, was an important development of the nineteenth century in many countries. There is however surprisingly little understanding about how it took place, and research into it is narrowly focused. For example, generally landscape preservation from this time is examined separately from buildings; preservation is seen in terms of national narratives, or considered within the contexts of area studies, and it is usually seen from a specific disciplinary perspective. All of these later categorizations did not apply at the time and consequently, a very partial view is achieved. In order to begin unlocking a very complex phenomenon that has helped to define our own age, this dynamic collection of essays brings together a transdisciplinary line-up of academics and practitioners to reconsider preservation's origins in the second half of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries. With a focus on Britain and the British Empire, this book places preservation in imperial, international, and national contexts, demonstrating that there was far more interaction between different countries in this arena than may be supposed and revealing remarkable but hitherto hidden overlaps and intersections. Although the focus is on architectural preservation, this book demonstrates that, in this formative period, the preservation of landscape and buildings need to be considered together - as they were at the time. The conclusion reached is that the preservation movement has to be understood in imperial and international contexts, rather than in simply national or regional ones."--Back cover.
xx, 281 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-266) and index.
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