The European cultural heritage: community and national legislation for heritage management in the European Union

Tzanidaki, J-D. (1999) The European cultural heritage: community and national legislation for heritage management in the European Union. University of Southampton, Department of Archaeology, Doctoral Thesis , 336pp.


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The aim of this research is the consideration of the cultural heritage policies of
European institutions (the European Union and the Council of Europe) and the
impact of such policies on the national heritage policy of two member States
(Greece and Italy). The analysis focuses mainly on the national and supra-national
heritage legislation.
The EU by means of policies and laws has gradually emerged as an
important factor in the field of national heritage management. The impact of the
EU in the fields of heritage terminology and legislation is a fact. New concepts
concerning things 'national' are being directly 'imported' from the EU to its
member States.
The use of heritage in the political arena has a long history in nation
States, with regard to issues of identity. By taking this one step further, the EU
aims to construct a 'European' identity which will eventually replace the different
'national' ones. A historical narrative proves the logic behind EU action. The
cultural heritage has been used by the EU throughout the years for a variety of
political and economic purposes. The amendment of national laws and the
introduction of EU concepts into national heritage law are results of an imposed
change, not of legal evolution. The comparison of the two EU member States
emphasises the complexity of issues involved in both the national and supra¬
national level.
The conclusions aspire to arouse awareness of the powers that EU
enjoys over national heritage legislation. The thesis also endeavours to highlight
the power of law to create and construct public attitude towards the heritage,
enhancing or denying claims for identity. It assesses the political will behind legal
acts and policies with regard to the heritage. It addresses the attempt made by
European institutions to create 'uniformity' in both laws and concepts related to
heritage in a Europe of diverse heritages.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: Digitized via the E-THOS exercise.
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
ePrint ID: 43790
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
December 1999Made publicly available
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:28

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