“Saving Lives or Saving Stones?” The Ethics of Cultural Heritage Protection in War

Public Affairs Quarterly 32 (1):67-84 (2018)
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In discussion surrounding the destruction of cultural heritage in armed conflict, one often hears two important claims in support of intervention to safeguard heritage. The first is that the protection of people and the protection of heritage are two sides of the same coin. The second is that the cultural heritage of any people is part of the common heritage of all humankind. In this article, I examine both of these claims, and consider the extent to which they align with the current practices that they are intended to justify.

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Erich Hatala Matthes
Wellesley College


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