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A pathbreaking call to halt the intertwined crises of cultural heritage attacks and mass atrocities and mobilize international efforts to protect people and cultures.
 
Intentional destruction of cultural heritage has a long history. Contemporary examples include the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan, mosques in Xinjiang, mausoleums in Timbuktu, and Greco-Roman remains in Syria. Cultural heritage destruction invariably accompanies assaults on civilians, making heritage attacks impossible to disentangle from the mass atrocities of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and ethnic cleansing. Both seek to eliminate people and the heritage with which they identify.
 
Cultural Heritage and Mass Atrocities assembles essays by thirty-eight experts from the heritage, social science, humanitarian, legal, and military communities. Focusing on immovable cultural heritage vulnerable to attack, the volume's guiding framework is the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), a United Nations resolution adopted unanimously in 2005 to permit international intervention against crimes of war or genocide. Based on the three pillars of prevent, react, and rebuild, R2P offers today's policymakers a set of existing laws and international norms that can and—as this book argues—must be extended to the protection of cultural heritage. Contributions consider the global value of cultural heritage and document recent attacks on people and sites in China, Guatemala, Iraq, Mali, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. Comprehensive sections on vulnerable populations as well as the role of international law and the military offer readers critical insights and point toward research, policy, and action agendas to protect both people and cultural heritage. A concise abstract of each chapter is offered online in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish to facilitate robust, global dissemination of the strategies and tactics offered in this pathbreaking call to action.
 
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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. Irina Bokova
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
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  1. List of Abbreviations
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  1. Introduction
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
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  1. Part 1 Cultural Heritage and Values
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  1. Introduction: Part 1
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
  3. pp. 56-60
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  1. 1 Who Are We? Identity and Cultural Heritage
  2. Kwame Anthony Appiah
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  1. 2 Why Do We Value Cultural Heritage?
  2. Neil MacGregor
  3. pp. 86-96
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  1. 3 Cultural Heritage under Attack: Learning from History
  2. Hermann Parzinger
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  1. 4 The Cultural Heritage of Late Antiquity
  2. Glen W. Bowersock
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  1. 5 The Written Heritage of the Muslim World
  2. Sabine Schmidtke
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  1. 6 Valuing the Legacy of Our Cultural Heritage
  2. Ismail Serageldin
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  1. Part 2 Cultural Heritage under Siege: Recent Cases
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  1. Introduction: Part 2
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
  3. pp. 180-186
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  1. 7 Uyghur Heritage under China’s “Antireligious Extremism” Campaigns
  2. Rachel Harris
  3. pp. 187-209
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  1. 8 When Peace Is Defeat, Reconstruction Is Damage: “Rebuilding” Heritage in Post-conflict Sri Lanka and Afghanistan
  2. Kavita Singh
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  1. 9 Performative Destruction: Da’esh (ISIS) Ideology and the War on Heritage in Iraq
  2. Gil J. Stein
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  1. 10 The Destruction of Aleppo: The Impact of the Syrian War on a World Heritage City
  2. Francesco Bandarin
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  1. 11 The Lost Heritage of Homs: From the Destruction of Monuments to the Destruction of Meaning
  2. Marwa al-Sabouni
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  1. 12 Reconstruction, Who Decides?
  2. Frederick Deknatel
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  1. 13 Yemen’s Manuscript Culture under Attack
  2. Sabine Schmidtke
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  1. 14 Cultural Heritage at Risk in Mali: The Destruction of Timbuktu’s Mausoleums of Saints
  2. Lazare Eloundou Assomo
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  1. 15 Indigenous Threatened Heritage in Guatemala
  2. Victor Montejo
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  1. Part 3 Cultural Heritage and Populations at Risk
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  1. Introduction: Part 3
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
  3. pp. 381-385
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  1. 16 Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities
  2. Simon Adams
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  1. 17 Choosing between Human Life and Cultural Heritage in War
  2. Hugo Slim
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  1. 18 Saving Stones and Saving Lives: A Humanitarian Perspective on Protecting Cultural Heritage in War
  2. Paul H. Wise
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  1. 19 Engaging Nonstate Armed Groups in the Protection of Cultural Heritage
  2. Jennifer M. Welsh
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  1. 20 After the Dust Settles: Transitional Justice and Identity in the Aftermath of Cultural Destruction
  2. Philippe Sands and Ashrutha Rai
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  1. Part 4 Cultural Heritage and International Law
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  1. Introduction: Part 4
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
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  1. 21 Protecting Cultural Heritage: The Ties between People and Places
  2. Patty Gerstenblith
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  1. 22 International Humanitarian Law and the Protection of Cultural Property
  2. Benjamin Charlier and Tural Mustafayev
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  1. 23 International Human Rights Law and Cultural Heritage
  2. Marc-André Renold and Alessandro Chechi
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  1. 24 Customs, General Principles, and the Intentional Destruction of Cultural Property
  2. Francesco Francioni
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  1. 25 Prosecuting Heritage Destruction
  2. Joseph Powderly
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  1. 26 Fighting Terrorist Attacks against World Heritage and Global Cultural Heritage Governance
  2. Sabine von Schorlemer
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  1. Part 5 Cultural Heritage and Military Perspectives
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  1. Introduction: Part 5
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
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  1. 27 Protecting Cultural Heritage on the Battlefield: The Hard Case of Religion
  2. Ron E. Hassner
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  1. 28 From Kyoto to Baghdad to Tehran: Leadership, Law, and the Protection of Cultural Heritage
  2. Scott D. Sagan
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  1. 29 Practicing the Art of War While Protecting Cultural Heritage: A Military Perspective
  2. Ruth Margolies Beitler and Dexter W. Dugan
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  1. 30 Peace Operations and the Protection of Cultural Heritage
  2. Richard Gowan
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  1. 31 Protecting Cultural Property in Armed Conflict: The Necessity for Dialogue and Action Integrating the Heritage, Military, and Humanitarian Sectors
  2. Peter G. Stone
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  1. 32 When Peace Breaks Out: The Peril and Promise of “Afterwar”
  2. Hugh Eakin
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  1. Conclusion: Toward Research, Policy, and Action Agendas
  2. James Cuno and Thomas G. Weiss
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  1. Suggested Readings
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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