This edited volume offers an in-depth study of heritage and warfare from the perspective of defence studies.

The book focuses on how, in different contexts, heritage can be a catalyst and target of conflict, an obstacle to stabilisation, and a driver of peace-building. It documents the changing role of heritage – in terms of both exploitation and protection – in various military capabilities, theatres, and operations. With particular concern for the areas of subthreshold and hybrid warfare, stabilisation, cultural relationships, human security, and disaster response, the volume reviews the historical relationship between heritage and armed conflict, including the roles of embedded archaeologists, safeguarding of ethics, and dislodgement and destruction of material culture. Various chapters in the book also demonstrate the value of understanding how state and non-state actors exploit cultural heritage across different defence postures and within both subthreshold and proxy warfare in order to achieve military, political, economic, and diplomatic advantages.

This book will be of interest to students of defence studies, heritage studies, anthropology and security studies in general, as well as military practitioners.

chapter |27 pages


Culture, heritage, conflict

part I|69 pages

The past on parade

chapter 2|15 pages

Napoleon, savants, and the Description de l'Égypte

Capturing history

chapter 4|14 pages

Cultural property protection in the 21st century

The privilege of working with the most deployed division

part II|63 pages

The past as propaganda

chapter 7|20 pages

Heritage as a focus in US-Iran tensions

Implications for aspects of culture and power in modern warefare

part III|79 pages

The past as peacekeeper

chapter 9|18 pages

Cultural property protection

The work of the Blue Shield

chapter 11|10 pages

An excavation of the Bullecourt battlefield

From mud through blood to the green fields beyond?

part IV|66 pages

The practice of protection

chapter 12|22 pages

Integrating cultural heritage into civil affairs operations

Reinventing the monuments men and women for the 21st-century force

chapter 14|20 pages

Culture, heritage, security

An interview with Colonel Rosie Stone, Captain Mark Waring, Major Anne Seton-Sykes, and Major Luke Wattam