The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction presents a comprehensive view on the destruction of cultural heritage and offers insights into this multifaceted, interdisciplinary phenomenon; the methods scholars have used to study it; and the results these various methods have produced.

By juxtaposing theoretical and legal frameworks and conceptual contexts alongside a wide distribution of geographical and temporal case studies, this book throws light upon the risks, and the realizations, of art and heritage destruction. Exploring the variety of forces that drive the destruction of heritage, the volume also contains contributions that consider what forms heritage destruction takes and in which contexts and circumstances it manifests. Contributors, including local scholars, also consider how these drivers and contexts change, and what effect this has on heritage destruction, and how we conceptualise it. Overall, the book establishes the importance of the need to study the destruction of art and cultural heritage within a wider framework that encompasses not only theory but also legal, military, social, and ontological issues.

The Routledge Handbook of Heritage Destruction will contribute to the development of a more complete understanding and analysis of heritage destruction. The Handbook will be useful to academics, students, and professionals with interest in heritage, conservation and preservation, history and art history, archaeology, anthropology, philosophy, and law.

part I|92 pages

Understanding Destruction

chapter 362|18 pages

Heritage Destruction in Conflict

chapter 7|10 pages

Heritage Destruction and Genocide

Legal Resistance, Conceptual Resiliency

chapter 8|17 pages

Methods, Motivations, and Actors

A Risk-Based Approach to Heritage Destruction and Protection

part II|128 pages

Manifestations of Destruction

chapter 1289|9 pages

Heritage Destruction, Natural Disasters, and the Environment

Geological Disasters

chapter 10|9 pages

Heritage Destruction, Natural Disasters, and the Environment

Atmospheric Disasters

chapter 11|11 pages

Flooded Heritage

The Impact of Dams on Archaeological Sites

chapter 12|16 pages

On Destruction in Art and Film

chapter 13|11 pages

Between Heritage and the Readymade

The Imminent Aesthetic of Ai Weiwei

chapter 15|11 pages

Post-Conflict Recovery Challenges

Affect and Heritage in Post-conflict Cyprus and Italy

chapter 16|11 pages

Media Narratives, Heritage Destruction, and Universal Heritage

A Case Study of Palmyra

chapter 17|12 pages

Collateral Damage

The Negative Side Effects of Protecting Cultural Heritage in Conflict-Related Situations

chapter 18|12 pages

Turning Destruction into an Opportunity

Understanding the Construction of Timbuktu's “Success Story” by UNESCO

part III|156 pages

Transformation of Destruction

chapter 22|10 pages

Case Study

The Wars of Yugoslav Succession

chapter 23|12 pages


Gods Threatened by the Art Market and Warfare

chapter 24|12 pages

Destruction Of Cultural Heritage in Times of Conflict

The Case of Syria

chapter 25|9 pages


Creative Destruction and Cultural Heritage in the Warscape

chapter 26|11 pages

Iraqi and Syrian Responses to Heritage Destruction Under the Islamic State

Genocide, Displacement, Reconstruction, and Return

chapter 28|14 pages

Weaponised Heritage

Urbicide by Construction and Destruction in Nablus, Palestine

chapter 29|15 pages

What is Happening to Egyptian Heritage?

The Case of Privately Owned Buildings

chapter 30|12 pages

Destruction, Development and Heritage in Melbourne

SX Towers, Southern Cross Hotel, Eastern Market

chapter 31|11 pages

Case Study

The Destruction of Australian Aboriginal Heritage and Its Implications for Indigenous Peoples Globally