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Conflict, Cultural Heritage and Peace
An Introductory Guide

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ISBN 9781032509389
June 30, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
192 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Conflict, Cultural Heritage, and Peace offers a series of conceptual and applied frameworks to help understand the role cultural heritage plays within conflict and the potential it has to contribute to positive peacebuilding and sustainable development in post-conflict societies.

Designed as a resource guide, this general volume introduces the multiple roles cultural heritage plays through the conflict cycle from its onset, subsequent escalation and through to resolution and recovery. In its broadest sense it questions what role cultural heritage plays within conflict, how cultural heritage is used in the construction and justification of conflict narratives and how are these narratives framed and often manipulated to support particular perspectives, and how we can develop better understandings of cultural heritage and work towards the better protection of cultural heritage resources during conflict. It moves beyond the protection paradigm and recognises that cultural heritage can contribute to building peace and reconciliation in post-conflict environments. The study offers a conceptual and operational framework to understand the roles cultural heritage plays within conflict cycles, how it can be targeted during war, and the potential cultural heritage has in positive peacebuilding across the conflict lifecycle.

Conflict, Cultural Heritage, and Peace offers an invaluable introduction to cultural heritage at all stages in conflict scenarios which will benefit students, researchers and practitioners in the field of heritage, environment, peace and conflict studies.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction, 2. Cultural Heritage and the Causes of Violent Conflict Causes, 3.Heritage and Ethnic/ Identity Conflicts, 4. Heritage and Nation Building, 5. Cultural Heritage during Armed Conflict, 6. Cultural Heritage, Peacemaking and Post-Conflict Societies, 7. Cultural Heritage and Peace, 8. Heritage and Conflict Memory, 9. Comparative practice and Environmental Peacebuilding, 10. Conclusion.

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Colin Breen is Associate Head of the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. His research focusses on heritage, environment and conflict in Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently writing a companion volume to this study on the geographies of environmental radicalism.