By Tiffany Jenkins
The terrific collections housed within the world's most famed museums are trophies from an imperial age. but the large crowds that every yr stopover at the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, or the Metropolitan in ny have little concept that some of the items on show have been obtained via coercion or robbery.
Now the international locations from which those treasures got here would favor them again. The Greek call for for the go back of the Elgin Marbles is the end of an iceberg that comes with claims for the Benin Bronzes from Nigeria, sculpture from Turkey, scrolls and porcelain taken from the chinese language summer season Palace, textiles from Peru, the bust of Nefertiti, local American sacred items and Aboriginal human remain
In Keeping Their Marbles, Tiffany Jenkins tells the bloody tale of the way western museums got here to procure those items. She investigates why repatriation claims have soared in contemporary many years and demonstrates the way it is the guilt and lack of confidence of the museums themselves that experience stoked the calls for for go back. opposite to the arguments of campaigners, she exhibits that sending artefacts again won't in achieving the specified social switch nor fix the injuries of heritage. as an alternative, this ground-breaking ebook makes the case for museums as centres of information, demonstrating that no item has a unmarried domestic and nobody tradition owns culture