Bringing together a truly global range of scholars, this volume explores heritage, memory, and identity through a diverse set of subjects, including heritage sites, practices of memorialization, museums, sites of contestation, and human rights.

Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Impacts on Memory and Identity

Destruction and Reconstruction of Heritage: Impacts on Memory and Identity
Destruction and reconstruction of heritage: Impacts on memory and identity
DaciaViejo-Rose

The destruction of cultural heritage during wartime and its subsequent reconstruction or neglect both have long-term and wide-ranging consequences for notions of memory and identity. This essay discusses the more salient of these consequences, including those that we are only now beginning to appreciate. It explores the global repercussions of certain destructive acts and the symbolic dimensions that they can come to acquire. Part of this impact is visible in ways the ‘international community’ has responded through reconstruction programmes and policies. The author highlights some of the dimensions of this issue that such initiatives should consider.

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