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Collapse and Rebirth of Cultural Heritage

The Case of Syria and Iraq


Edited By Lorenzo Kamel

Cultural heritage and illicit trafficking in the Middle East are two key topics of our time.  The  book  sheds  light  on  both  aspects,  and  identifies  the  need  to  democratize  cultural heritage, by giving greater control to local communities. It also investigates the link between local hotbeds of conflict and violence in countries such as Syria and Iraq,  as  well  as  war  economics,  transnational  criminal  networks  and  the  politics  of  deliberate destruction and theft of cultural heritage. Finally, the chapters analyze the impact  of  non-violent  and  violent  non-state  actors,  fragile  states,  forced  migration,  environmental  degradation,  as  well  as  how  local  and  international  institutions  have  reacted to the dramatic events which the region and its inhabitants have experienced in recent years
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The publication of this book has relied upon the cooperation and support of the Compagnia di San Paolo, the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the University of Turin’s History Department. The opinions expressed in this volume are those of the editor and the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any of the above mentioned institutions or think tanks.

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ISSN 2624-8905 • ISBN 978-3-0343-4127-1 (Print)

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