How Nationalism Has Been Used To Manipulate Museum Collections

Thursday, December 4, 2008

We stand in a time where the ancient, the historic, and the modern are colliding, and they intersect in the collections of historical nature. As we look back in time, various antiquities have exchanged hands, crossed national lines that no longer exist, and end up in the hands of modern collectors. Under modern laws, items of historical importance or evoke a country’s identity can be forcibly returned or reclaimed by the original country, but it is not so simple a process.
Nor does it seem ethical when it comes to preservation & education. So, just who should own history?



The filter is the map; the map is not the territory.


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