LETTER OF SEMINAR 71
 

ARTS & SOCIETIES

Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

HARTUNG-BERGMAN FOUNDATION SEMINAR
2013

PROTECTING MONUMENTS
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Fondation Hartung-Bergman

Daniel Sherman
Behind the Blue Shield: Unesco and the protection of monuments in the 1950s



Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Staff: Carole Gautier, Milena Glicenstein, Cécile Pichon-Bonin
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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EDITORIAL

             War destroys human beings and things, and among the latter, it destroys cultural property, which testifies to the pastness of the past.  Particular attention has been paid to the protection of such property, and this concern has been enshrined in law since the Hague Convention of 1906-1907 and followed up on in the UNIDROIT Convention of the 1990s.  In between these two dates, the Hague Convention, placed under the aegis of UNESCO, established in 1954 a treaty to which defenders of historical monuments threatened by the civil war in Syria have recently appealed.
            Daniel Sherman closely studies here UNESCO’s archives in order to identify the fears, hopes, blind spots, and fragile solutions of people living during the years when the protection of monuments was already being associated with the doctrine of human rights.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac


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