Bosnia and the Destruction of Cultural Heritage

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Dr Helen Walasek
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Apr 28, 2015 - Social Science - 280 pages
The massive intentional destruction of cultural property during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War was a seminal marker in cultural heritage. This important volume offers the first comprehensive overview and critical analysis of the wartime destruction and post-conflict reconstruction of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural heritage and its far-reaching impact. Scrutinizing the responses of the international community (including UNESCO), and examining the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and implementation of Annex 8 of the Dayton Agreement, it considers questions which have moved to the foreground with the inclusion of cultural heritage preservation in human rights discourse and in post-conflict and development aid.

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The Built Heritage in the PostWar Reconstruction of Stolac
Cultural Heritage the Search for Justice and Human Rights
A Brief Introduction to the Cultural Heritage of BosniaHerzegovina

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About the author (2015)

Helen Walasek was an Associate of the Bosnian Institute, London, and was Deputy Director of Bosnia-Herzegovina Heritage Rescue (BHHR) for which she worked 1994-1998. She has a Diploma in Museum Studies from University of Leicester. She made many working visits to Bosnia during and after the 1992-1995 war, including as an Expert Consultant for the Council of Europe reporting on museums in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1995 and 1996. In 2000 and 2001 she carried out two field trips (with Richard Carlton) making the first post-war assessment of destroyed historic monuments across Bosnia-Herzegovina for which there was little accurate information at the time.

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