Socialism, heritage and internationalism after 1945. The Second World and beyond

Nelly Bekus, Kate Cowcher

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The international histories of cultural heritage protection have been commonly focussed on the Eurocentric trajectories of heritage evolution in the twentieth century and trace the Western roots of cultural globalisation in the field of conservation and preservation of monuments. The current theme section offers the first examination of the contribution of socialist states, institutions and experts to the evolution of heritage concepts and policies in the postwar world. In what ways have socialist countries approached the conservation, handling and exhibition of cultural heritage differently to nonsocialist countries? How have tangible and intangible heritages been mobilised in support of socialist political agendas? What role did actors from socialist states play in the development of international heritage protection policies that proliferated in the wake of the Second World War? And to what extent did the Soviet Union and the wider Second World of the Cold War export and shape the development of socialist approaches to heritage in Third World? The collected articles in this themed section not only demonstrate the similarity of heritage policy formation in the so-called First and Second worlds but show the role that socialist states played in world geographies of cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1123-1131
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2020


  • Socialism
  • Internationalism
  • Heritage protection
  • History of heritage
  • Third World


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