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Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure

Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure (Hardback)

By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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The controversy about the Elgin Marbles continues to rage. This book will be the first to propound a system for the return of cultural property, based on human rights law principles that are being developed by the courts to decide whether artworks, manuscripts and sculptures have... cultural importance and have been acquired in circumstances which morally require their return to enable peoples to enjoy the 'keys to their history' and in some cases to enable the better appreciation of cultural objects that have been important to the understanding of human progress. The book examines how the past can be experienced - by everyone. It will ask what is the difference between an original and a perfect copy, and in what circumstances that difference should require uplifting of the relic and bringing it back home. Geoffrey Robertson has been involved in a number of celebrated cases - he acted with Amal Clooney to provide the Greek Government with legal arguments for reuniting the Parthenon Marbles, and took successful action for Tasmanian Aboriginals to force London's Natural History Museum to return the remains of their ancestors. In this book he will discuss these cases, and will conclude by describing, in non-legal language, a rule that can be applied to decide in particular cases how museums and private collections should distinguish treasures that are not 'theirs'.
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ISBN 9781760893699
Published NZ 5 Nov 2019
Publisher Penguin
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781760893699
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Books Australia
Published 5 Nov 2019
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC
Category History of Art
History
Social & Cultural History
Social Issues
Australian
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 240mm
Spine: 34mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 574g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text History: Specific Subjects
ONIX Text General/trade

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