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From Plunder to Preservation: Britain and the Heritage of Empire, c.1800–1940

Astrid Swenson and Peter Mandler


What was the effect of the British empire on the cultures and civilizations of the peoples over whom it ruled? This book takes a novel approach to this important and controversial subject by considering the impact of empire on the idea of ‘heritage’. It reveals a dazzling variety of attitudes on the part of the imperialists — from frank ‘plunder’ of American, Asian, African, and Pacific peoples' cultural artefacts and monuments to a growing appreciation of the need for ‘preservation’ of the world's heritage in the places it originated. But it goes beyond the empire-centred view to consider how ... More

Keywords: heritage, preservation, plunder, imperialism, British empire, indigenous knowledge, world heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780197265413
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265413.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Astrid Swenson, editor
Brunel University

Peter Mandler, editor
University of Cambridge