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Displaced Archives

1st Edition

Edited by James Lowry


228 pages

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Displaced archives have long been a problem and their existence continues to trouble archivists, historians and government officials. Displaced Archives brings together leading international experts to comprehensively explore the current state of affairs for the first time. Drawing on case studies from around the world, the authors examine displaced archives as a consequence of conflict and colonialism, analysing their impact on government administration, nation building, human rights and justice. Renewed action is advocated through considerations of the legal approaches to repatriation, the role of the international archival community, ‘shared heritage’ approaches and other solutions. The volume offers new theoretical, technical and political insights and will be essential reading for practitioners, academics and students in the field of archives, cultural property and heritage management, as well as history, politics and international relations.

Table of Contents


Eric Ketelaar

Introduction: Displaced Archives

James Lowry

1. Archives Seizures: The Evolution of International Law

Charles Kecskeméti

2. Making Sovereignty and Affirming Modernity in the Archives of Decolonisation: The Algeria-France ‘Dispute’ between the Post-Decolonisation French and Algerian Republics, 1962-2015

Todd Shepard

3. Displaced Archives in The National Archives of the United Kingdom

Mandy Banton

4. Indonesian National Revolution Records in the National Archives of the Netherlands

Michael Karabinos

5. Hiding the European Colonial Past: A Comparison of Archival Policies

Vincent Hiribarren

6. Revisiting Expatriate Archives

Timothy Lovering

7. A Proposal for Action on African Archives in Europe

Nathan Mnjama and James Lowry

8. Displaced Archives in the Wake of Wars

Leopold Auer

9. Pan-European Displaced Archives in the Russian Federation: Still Prisoners of War on the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Patricia Kennedy Grimsted

10. Iraq and Kuwait: The Seizure and Destruction of Historical Patrimony

Bruce Montgomery

11. Networking Records in Their Diaspora: A Reconceptualisation of Displaced Records in a Postnational World

Anne J. Gilliland

12. Revisiting the Law and Politics of Compromise

Douglas Cox

About the Editor

James Lowry is a Lecturer in the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, UK.

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General