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Cultural heritage preservation and the legal system with specific reference to landscapes

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While recourse to legal protections is not the only way cultural heritage is preserved, the law is certainly an important mechanism by which preservation takes place-or does not. The management of "landscapes under pressure" both benefits and suffers from the legal systems within which such management is undertaken. In keeping with this volume's title, in this paper I will use "landscape" and "cultural heritage" more or less interchangeably, with the assumption that if nothing else, "cultural heritage" is found in the landscape of the human mind. I define "cultural heritage" broadly to include the beliefs and activities that human societies value because they somehow reflect or express cultural identity, together with the physical places and things associated with such beliefs and activities. On occasion I use "landscape" more strictly to mean a largish piece of land. By "legal system" I mean the system of laws, rules, regulations, case law and legal practice used by a nation or a sub-national unit of government (e.g., state, province, city, town) to govern itself. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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King, T. F. (2006). Cultural heritage preservation and the legal system with specific reference to landscapes. In Landscapes Under Pressure: Theory and Practice of Cultural Heritage Research and Preservation (pp. 243–254). Springer US. https://doi.org/10.1007/0-387-28461-3_13

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