The Rape of Mesopotamia

Behind the Looting of the Iraq Museum

Author: Lawrence Rothfield

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226729435

Category: Social Science

Page: 228

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On April 10, 2003, as the world watched a statue of Saddam Hussein come crashing down in the heart of Baghdad, a mob of looters attacked the Iraq National Museum. Despite the presence of an American tank unit, the pillaging went unchecked, and more than 15,000 artifacts—some of the oldest evidence of human culture—disappeared into the shadowy worldwide market in illicit antiquities. In the five years since that day, the losses have only mounted, with gangs digging up roughly half a million artifacts that had previously been unexcavated; the loss to our shared human heritage is incalculable. With The Rape of Mesopotamia, Lawrence Rothfield answers the complicated question of how this wholesale thievery was allowed to occur. Drawing on extensive interviews with soldiers, bureaucrats, war planners, archaeologists, and collectors, Rothfield reconstructs the planning failures—originating at the highest levels of the U.S. government—that led to the invading forces’ utter indifference to the protection of Iraq’s cultural heritage from looters. Widespread incompetence and miscommunication on the part of the Pentagon, unchecked by the disappointingly weak advocacy efforts of worldwide preservation advocates, enabled a tragedy that continues even today, despite widespread public outrage. Bringing his story up to the present, Rothfield argues forcefully that the international community has yet to learn the lessons of Iraq—and that what happened there is liable to be repeated in future conflicts. A powerful, infuriating chronicle of the disastrous conjunction of military adventure and cultural destruction, The Rape of Mesopotamia is essential reading for all concerned with the future of our past.
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Historical Dictionary of Iraq

Author: Beth K. Dougherty,Edmund A. Ghareeb

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810879425

Category: History

Page: 858

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The Historical Dictionary of Iraq, Second Edition covers the history of Iraq through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has several hundred cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Iraq.
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The United States and Cultural Heritage Protection in Japan (1945-1952)

Author: Nassrine Azimi

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9048550106

Category: History

Page: N.A

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One of the untold stories of the American military occupation of Japan, from 1945 to 1952, is that of efforts by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Power's (SCAP) Arts and Monuments Division for the preservation of Japan's cultural heritage. While the role of Allies after WWII in salvaging the cultural heritage of Europe has recently become better known, not much is written of the extraordinary vision, planning and endeavors by the curators and art specialists embedded in the US military and later based in Tokyo, and their peers and political masters back in Washington D.C. -all of whom ensured that defeated Japan's cultural heritage was protected in the chaos and misery of post-war years.
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Archives, Museums and Collecting Practices in the Modern Arab World

Author: Sonja Mejcher-Atassi,John Pedro Schwartz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317178831

Category: Art

Page: 248

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Collecting has a long tradition in the Middle East but the museum as a public institution is relatively new. Today there are national museums for antiquities in most Arab countries. While in some cases the political and social climate has hindered the foundation of museums, with existing collections even destroyed at times, the recent museum boom in the Gulf States is again changing the outlook. This unique book is the first to explore collecting practices in archives and museums in the modern Arab world, featuring case studies of collecting practices in countries ranging from Egypt and Lebanon to Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and the Gulf, and providing a theoretical and methodological basis for future research. The authors are also concerned with investigating the relationship between past and present, since collecting practices tell us a great deal not only about the past but also about the ways we approach the past and present conceptions of our identities. Collections can be textual as well, as in the stories, memories or events selected, recalled, and retold in the pages of a text. As interest in memory studies as well as popular and visual culture grows in the Arab World, so collecting practices are at the heart of any critical approach to the past and the present in that region. The book will be of great interest not only to scholars and students of the modern Arab world but also to professionals in museums and collections in the region, as well as around the world.
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Cultural Awareness in the Military

Developments and Implications for Future Humanitarian Cooperation

Author: R. Albro,B. Ivey

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137409428

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Featuring chapters from social scientists directly engaged with the process, this volume offers a concise introduction to the U.S. military's effort to account for culture and increase its cultural capacity over the last decade. Contributors to this work consider some of the key challenges, lessons learned, and the limits of such efforts.
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The looting of the Iraq Museum, Baghdad

the lost legacy of ancient Mesopotamia

Author: Milbry Polk,Angela M. H. Schuster

Publisher: Harry N Abrams Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 242

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Citing the 2003 looting of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad that resulted in the destruction of countless antiquities, a lavishly illustrated volume seeks to reconstruct the museum and its lost ancient treasures, discussing how numerous pieces offered insight into ancient Mesopotamian life. 25,000 first printing.
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Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association

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Publisher: N.A

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