Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay There by Tiffany JenkinsKeeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay There by Tiffany Jenkins

Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay…

byTiffany Jenkins

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

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For the past two centuries and more, the West has acquired the treasures of antiquity to fill its museums, so that visitors to the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, and the Metropolitan in New York - to name but a few - can wonder at the ingenuity of humanity throughout the ages. But all this came at a huge cost. From the Napoleonic campaigns that filled the Louvre with Egyptian artefacts, to the plunder that accompanied British imperialism across the globe, the amazing collections in the West's great museums were wrenched from their original context by means that oftenamounted to theft. Now the countries from which they came would like them back. The Greek demand for the return of the Elgin Marbles is only the tip of an iceberg that includes a host of world-historical artefacts, from the Benin Bronzes to the Bust of Nefertiti. In the opinion of many people, many of these items arelooted property - and should be returned immediately. In Keeping Their Marbles, Tiffany Jenkins tells the intriguing and sometimes bloody story of how the West came to acquire these treasures over the centuries. She controversially argues that they should remain where they are - in the museums of the West - and should not now be returned to the landsfrom which they came.
Tiffany Jenkins is a cultural sociologist and writer who splits her time between London and Edinburgh. She writes a weekly column in the Scotsman. She is also the author of Contesting Human Remains in Museum Collections: The Crisis of Cultural Authority.
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Title:Keeping Their Marbles: How the Treasures of the Past Ended Up in Museums - And Why They Should Stay…Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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INTRODUCTIONPART ONE1. GREAT EXPLORERS AND CURIOUS COLLECTORS2. THE BIRTH OF THE PUBLIC MUSEUM3. ANTIQUITY FEVER4. CASES OF LOOTPART TWO5. MUSEUM WARS6. WHO OWNS CULTURE?7. THE RISE OF IDENTITY MUSEUMS8. ATONEMENT: MAKING AMENDS FOR PAST WRONGS9. BURYING KNOWLEDGE: THE FATE OF HUMAN REMAINSCONCLUDING THOUGHTSNOTESINDEX