Conflict and Cultural heritage: A Moral Analysis of the Challenges of Heritage Protection

Frowe, Helen and Matravers, Derek (2019). Conflict and Cultural heritage: A Moral Analysis of the Challenges of Heritage Protection. J. Paul Getty Trust Occasional Papers in Cultural Heritage Policy, No.3, Getty Publications, Los Angeles.

Abstract

This paper considers the moral problems raised by the paper by Thomas Weiss and Nina Connelly: 'Cultural Cleansing and Mass Atrocities: Protecting Cultural Heritage in Armed Conflict Zones'. Weiss and Connelly argue for an extension of the 'Responsibility to Protect' legislation to argue that attacks on heritage could be a just cause for war. This view is opposed, and broader worries about the moral implications of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property are considered.

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