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Book Review. James Cuno. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008. Pp. xxxvii. 228. US$24.95

Book Review. James Cuno. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008. Pp. xxxvii. 228. US$24.95
Book Review. James Cuno. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008. Pp. xxxvii. 228. US$24.95
This is a polemical book that maintains an age-old argument frequently cited in the debates concerning ownership of the past. As a museum professional with a wealth of experience, James Cuno confidently asserts his belief in the 'encyclopaedic museum' concept, where museums are seen as institutions that display collections of antiquities as representative examples of the world's artistic legacy. Threats to the encyclopaedic museum, in the form of laws concerning the return of cultural property, deeply concern Cuno, and his fervent belief in the idea that antiquities are the common inheritance of all peoples leads him to challenge the nationalist claims on heritage by modern nation-states.
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Moser, Stephanie
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Moser, Stephanie
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Moser, Stephanie (2010) Book Review. James Cuno. Who Owns Antiquity? Museums and the Battle over Our Ancient Heritage. Princeton, NJ and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2008. Pp. xxxvii. 228. US$24.95. International History Review, 32 (1), 112-113. (doi:10.1080/07075330903516611).

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This is a polemical book that maintains an age-old argument frequently cited in the debates concerning ownership of the past. As a museum professional with a wealth of experience, James Cuno confidently asserts his belief in the 'encyclopaedic museum' concept, where museums are seen as institutions that display collections of antiquities as representative examples of the world's artistic legacy. Threats to the encyclopaedic museum, in the form of laws concerning the return of cultural property, deeply concern Cuno, and his fervent belief in the idea that antiquities are the common inheritance of all peoples leads him to challenge the nationalist claims on heritage by modern nation-states.

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Published date: March 2010

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