Heritage and War: An Introduction

Frowe, Helen and Matravers, Derek (2023). Heritage and War: An Introduction. In: Bülow, William; Frowe, Helen; Matravers, Derek and Thomas, Joshua eds. Heritage and War: Ethical Issues. Oxford Academic, pp. 1–11.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780192862648.003.0001


This introduction describes the overall aim of the collection and then gives short summaries of each of the papers. The starting point of the collection is a dissatisfaction with ‘the inseparability thesis’: namely, the view that the value of heritage and the value of persons is intertwined to the extent that a comparison between the two values does not (or cannot) arise. Chapters 1 to 7 of the collection directly or indirectly concern comparisons of value of this sort. The remaining four chapters consider consequences of the damage to heritage in war. The nature of such a loss is considered, as well as suitable ways in which to react to its loss.

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