Cultural property protection, armed conflict, and ethics

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There are very few open access articles and papers on cultural property protection and ethics (see our page on our Ethics and Principles), and the research literature on this is relatively limited. These papers provide some of the academic background to our work, which we constantly looking to develop.

Inclusion does not indicate endorsement by the Blue Shield of the views and opinions in the papers below.

You can download a copy of this list below.

  • von Clausewitz, Carl. On War (Multiple editions)
  • Frowe, Helen. 2015. The Ethics of War and Peace. routledge (2nd ed).
  • Hamilakis, Y. 2009. The ‘War on Terror’ and the Military–Archaeology Complex: Iraq, Ethics, and Neo-Colonialism. Archaeologies 5(1), p.39-65
  • Herscher, Andrew. 2011. From target to witness: architecture, satellite surveillance, human rights. In: Kenzari, Bechnir (ed). Architecture and violence. Barcelona ; New York: Actar.
  • Myers, A. 2010. Camp Delta, Google Earth and the ethics of remote sensing in archaeology." World Archaeology 42(3): 455-467. DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2010.498640
  • Pollock, Susan. 2016. Archaeology and Contemporary Warfare. Annual Review of Anthropology 45, p.15–31 Doi: 10.1146/annurev-anthro-102215-095913
  • Stone, P. G., Ed. 2011. Cultural heritage, ethics, and the military. Woodbridge, Suffolk; Rochester, N.Y.: Boydell Press.
    The following two articles in this volume are available open access.

  • Rush, L. W. (ed). 2010. Archaeology, cultural property, and the military. Woodbridge; Rochester, NY: Boydell Press.
  • Walzer, Michael. 2015. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument. Basic Books.

Several members of the Blue Shield International are in the Core Research Group for the Heritage in War Project, an AHRC-funded project combining aesthetics, value theory and the ethics of war.

Blue Shield have also contributed to this open access CPP module for the Centre for Military Ethics (requires registration, but no cost).

Our ethical framework is supported by international humanitarian law, and international human rights law. You can read more about these in our Law Library (with links to further resources).