Heritage Destruction in Conflict

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There are many ways to destroy heritage in conflict. Heritage can be destroyed inadvertently as collateral damage within a conflict zone, or it may be destroyed intentionally, with the aim of weakening culture, religion, social, and political institutions. Heritage can be deliberately targeted legally if taken into military use or it can be simply erased through looting or neglect. This chapter provides a brief history of heritage destruction in conflict, especially in terms of politically and religiously motivated iconoclasm. It takes a human rights-based approach to redressing heritage destruction and discusses some major international measures that have been developed to protect heritage in conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction
EditorsJosé Antonio González Zarandona, Emma Cunliffe, Melanthi Saldin
Place of PublicationAbington, Oxon; New York, NY
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781003131069
ISBN (Print)9780367627287, 9780367673727
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Handbooks on Museums, Galleries and Heritage


  • cultural heritage destruction
  • conflict


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