11 April 2022
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Bart Zwegers publishes book about UNESCO World Heritage

Cultural Heritage in Transition A Multi-Level Perspective on World Heritage in Germany and the United Kingdom, 1970-2020

Bart Zwegers has published the book Cultural Heritage in Transition: A Multi-Level Perspective on World Heritage in Germany and the United Kingdom, 1970-2020, which introduces the multilevel perspective to analyse how local, national, and international actors and institutions in the heritage field interact.

More specifically, a comparative study is made of controversies regarding six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Germany and the United Kingdom.

The six UNESCO World Heritage sites involve traditional monuments (the cathedral of Aachen and the castle and cathedral of Durham), industrial heritage (the Zollverein Coal Mine in Essen and the former tin and copper mines in Cornwall), and cities (Dresden and Liverpool).

Studying how long-term landscape developments interact with local actors and nationally organised regimes reveals important differences between the decentralised German and the centralised British approach to heritage preservation. These differences not only have consequences for the governance of heritage preservation in the two countries, but also for their relations with international organisations such as UNESCO.

For a complete description or for ordering a copy, please visit the Springer website.