By Michael Falser

This booklet investigates the position of cultural historical past as a constitutive measurement of alternative civilizing missions from the colonial period to the current. It contains case reports of the Habsburg Empire and German colonialism in Africa, Asian case stories of (post)colonial India and the Dutch East Indies/Indonesia, China and French Indochina, and a unique dialogue on 20th-century Cambodia and the temples of Angkor.

The topics tested diversity from architectural and highbrow historical past to historical upkeep and recovery. Taken jointly, they give an summary of historic procedures spanning centuries of institutional practices, in which the idea that of cultural history used to be appropriated either through political regimes and for UNESCO international historical past agendas.

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