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The Destruction of Cultural Property as a Weapon of War

ISIS in Syria and Iraq

Authors: Turku, Helga

  • Discusses theoretical conceptualizations of cultural property throughout history and how these have changed in light of extremists’ use of itAnalyzes existing international law provisions to protect cultural property, new measures to protect it, and possible prosecutions both in international and domestic tribunals
  • Posits that protection of cultural property should be part of the short-term and long-term security agenda in conflict zones 
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This book aims to advance the understanding of cultural property in armed conflict, and its significance for anti-terrorism and peace-building strategies. As the author argues, ISIS’ orchestrated theft and destruction of cultural property has become a tactic of war. Through a historical, political, and legal analysis, this book explains the pathology of radical groups’ behavior toward cultural objects as part of their terror campaign. Using constructivist ideas, it explains the importance of cultural property in the context of short-term and long-term security and analyzes the evolution of laws and policies to protect it.

About the authors

Helga Turku, JD, PhD, is a Washington, DC-based attorney and author who previously worked for the International Organization for Migration, San Francisco State University, and US Government-funded rule of law and security projects in Africa and Latin America.

Reviews

“Analyzing a wide range of recent source material, the author delves into the dark and alarming topic of cultural cleansing and the use of cultural property as a weapon of war in the Middle East. Turku takes a long, hard look at the losses to world heritage and what we can do to stop the systematic erasure of cultural memory and brutal manipulations of identity. ISIL represents the antithesis of cultural heritage preservation and protection.  We can expect a future in which extremists continue to spread their ideology through performative destructions of heritage sites and finance their operations from the theft and looting of cultural property. Turku explores the reasons behind this disturbing phenomenon and how the international community can best counteract it. In so many ways, our future depends on the answers to these questions.”  (Michael D. Danti, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University, USA)

“This is an exceedingly important study of why cultural heritage has become a target and a tool of war. For the past few years, the cradle of civilization has been held hostage by a group of lawless individuals, who seek to break the continuity of our human history. By examining the latest wave of terrorist attacks on cultural property, this book effectively highlights the rationales for such acts, ultimate costs to society as a whole, and legal responses by the international community. A wonderful blend of legal analysis, politics, and history. This book should be of interest to legal scholars, political scientists, and international relations specialists.” (Félix E. Martín, Associate Professor of International Relations, Florida International University, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Cultural Property as a Weapon of War

    Turku, Helga

    Pages 1-25

  • Cultural Property Destruction in History and in the Present

    Turku, Helga

    Pages 27-66

  • Long-Term Security Repercussions of Attacking Cultural Property

    Turku, Helga

    Pages 67-97

  • International Law on Protection of Cultural Property During Armed Conflict

    Turku, Helga

    Pages 99-133

  • International and State Response to Terrorists’ Attacks and Plunder of Cultural Property in War Zones

    Turku, Helga

    Pages 135-168

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57282-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-57281-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Destruction of Cultural Property as a Weapon of War
Book Subtitle
ISIS in Syria and Iraq
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-57282-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-57282-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-57281-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 207
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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