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Author Beurden, Jos van, author

Title Inconvenient heritage : colonial collections and restitution in the Netherlands and Belgium / Jos van Beurden
Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2022]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Frontmatter -- TABLE OF CONTENTS -- Preface -- PART I A DECISIVE PHASE IN AN OLD DEBATE? -- 1. Choosing colonial collections -- 2. The great heritage migration -- 3. Museums in motion -- 4. The 'sans-papiers' of colonialism -- PART II THRIFTY RETURNS IN THE 1970S -- 5. Indonesia, The Netherlands and Diponegoro's Kris -- 6. Congo, Belgium and Leopold's troublesome legacy -- 7. Suriname, The Caribbean and The Netherlands: more returns on the way? -- PART III RECENT RETURNS -- 8. The campaign for Māori heads -- 9. Fruitful cooperation around archives -- 10. Farewell to over 18,000 objects from the museum Nusantara -- 11. Benin dialogue group: A model for a European approach? -- PART IV PRIVATE COLLECTIONS -- LESS VISIBLE, BUT NOT LESS IMPORTANT -- 12. Missionary organisations and superfluous collections -- 13. Colonial objects in trade and in private ownership -- PART V TOWARDS A NEW ETHICS -- 14. Lessons from settler colonies and the restitution of Nazi-Looted art -- 15. Trust, equality and justice -- Acknowledgements -- Works cited -- Index
Summary The discussion about objects, human remains and archives from former colonial territories is becoming increasingly heated. Over the centuries, a multitude of items - including a cannon of the King of Kandy, power-objects from DR Congo, Benin bronzes, Javanese temple statues, M.ori heads and strategic documents - has ended up in museums and private collections in Belgium and the Netherlands by improper means. Since gaining independence, former colonies have been calling for the return of their lost heritage. As continued possession of these objects only grows more uncomfortable, governments and museums must decide what to do. How did these objects get here? Are they all looted, and how can we find out? How does restitution work in practice? Are there any appealing examples? How do other former colonial powers deal with restitution? Do former colonies trust their intentions? The answers to these questions are far from unambiguous, but indispensable for a balanced discussion
Analysis Colonial collections, decolonisation, restitution, Belgium, Congo, Indonesia, the Netherlands
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 12, 2022)
Subject Anthropological museums and collections -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Netherlands
Anthropological museums and collections -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Belgium
Museums -- Acquisitions -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Netherlands
Museums -- Acquisitions -- Moral and ethical aspects -- Belgium
Cultural property -- Repatriation -- Netherlands
Cultural property -- Repatriation -- Belgium
Museology and heritage studies.
National liberation and independence, post-colonialism.
ART / Museum Studies.
Cultural property -- Repatriation
Museology and heritage studies.
Colonialism and imperialism.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9048557119