Art as Plunder

The Ancient Origins of Debate about Cultural Property

Author: Margaret M. Miles

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521872804

Category: Art

Page: 426

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This book examines the ancient origins of debate about art as cultural property. What happens to art in time of war? Who should own art, and what is its appropriate context? Should the victorious ever allow the defeated to keep their art? These questions were posed by Cicero during his prosecution of a Roman governor of Sicily, Gaius Verres, for extortion. Cicero's published speeches had a very long afterlife, affecting debates about collecting art in the 18th century and reactions to the looting of art by Napoleon. The focus of the book's analysis is theft of art in Greek Sicily, Verres' trial, Roman collectors of art, and the later impact if Cicero's arguments. The book concludes with the British decision after Waterloo to repatriate Napoleon's stolen art to Italy, and an epilogue on the current threats to art looted from archaeological contexts. Margaret M. Miles is an archaeologist and art historian, now Professor of Art History and Classics at the University of California, Irvine. She has held fellowships at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Academy in Rome. She has excavated at Corinth and Athens, and did architectural fieldwork at Rhamnous in Greece and at Selinunte and Agrigento in Sicily. Her earlier publications include a study of the Temple of Nemesis at Rhamnous (Hesperia, 1989) and a volume in the Agora excavation series on the City Eleusinion, the downtown Athenian branch of the Eleusinian Mysteries (The Athenian Agora, Vol. 31: The City Eleusinion, 1998).
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When the Rule of Law is Illegal

Author: Ugo Mattei,Laura Nader

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470695803

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

View: 5397

Plunder examines the dark side of the Rule of Law and explores how it has been used as a powerful political weapon by Western countries in order to legitimize plunder – the practice of violent extraction by stronger political actors victimizing weaker ones. Challenges traditionally held beliefs in the sanctity of the Rule of Law by exposing its dark side Examines the Rule of Law's relationship with 'plunder' – the practice of violent extraction by stronger political actors victimizing weaker ones – in the service of Western cultural and economic domination Provides global examples of plunder: of oil in Iraq; of ideas in the form of Western patents and intellectual property rights imposed on weaker peoples; and of liberty in the United States Dares to ask the paradoxical question – is the Rule of Law itself illegal?
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Author: Mary Anna Evans

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press Inc

ISBN: 1615952748

Category: Fiction

Page: 296

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Faye Longchamp and her Native American husband Joe Wolf Mantooth are working near the mouth of the Mississippi, researching archaeological sites soon to be flooded by oil. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has morphed her run-of-the-mill contract job into a task that might swamp her fledgling consulting business. Then her injured babysitter leaves Faye to work with a toddler underfoot. Thankfully, Amande, a bright and curious teen lives nearby with her eccentric grandmother. But when the girl's grandmother and her no-account uncle are murdered, Amande's prospects worsen. The girl has but two known relatives, both battling over her small inheritance: a raggedy houseboat, a few shares of stock, and a hurricane-battered island that's not even inhabitable. Pirate-era silver coins are found and disappear. A murderer is on the loose, and as the oil slick looms, Faye can see that Louisiana is still being plundered....
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The Politics of Plunder

Aitolians and their Koinon in the Early Hellenistic Era, 279-217 B.C.

Author: Joseph B. Scholten

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520916746

Category: History

Page: 365

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Between 279 and 229 B.C., the Aitolian koinon, a federation of mountain cantons in west central Greece, expanded to incorporate many of the neighboring lands and peoples lying between the Adriatic and Aegean Seas. This new political configuration contributed to the development of modern systems of federal democracy based on proportional representation. Despite these institutional advances, the Aitolians and their polity are reviled in the ancient historical tradition, which views them as backward, semi-barbarous brigands. The Politics of Plunder is the first English-language book in over a century to examine the political history of the Aitolian koinon in its era of expansion. Joseph Scholten presents a chronological reconstruction of the koinon's course of expansion, synthesizing a number of recent studies covering Aitolian topography, epigraphy, and institutional development that help to compensate for deficiencies in the ancient narrative record. His study is the first to ask how a people and a polity so detested by their contemporaries succeeded in making such fundamental contributions to their regional political culture. Scholten's careful investigation charts a middle course that neither whitewashes the Aitolians nor credulously accepts the biased ancient tradition. This balanced approach provides a much-needed fresh perspective on the Aitolians and their koinon. Discussing the history of the ancient Aegean Greek world and the political, economic, and social history of the Hellenistic Era, this book will interest anyone concerned with those subjects or fascinated by the development of ancient Greek political institutions and theories, particularly federalism.
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a novel

Author: Samuel Hopkins Adams

Publisher: N.A



Page: 348

View: 4188

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Murder, Mayhem, Pillage, and Plunder

The History of the Lebanon in the 18th and 19th Centuries by Mikhayil Mishaqa (1800-1873)

Author: Mikha'il Mishaqah,Mikhāʼīl Mishāqah,Mihā'īl Mišāqa,Mīkhāʼīl Mishāqah

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887067129

Category: History

Page: 309

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The author's analysis of the internecine strife and fierce clan rivalry rampant in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries puts into perspective the turmoil into which the Lebanon has fallen today. This translation comprises the memoirs of several generations of the Mishaqa family. The author, Mikhayil Mishaqa (1800-1888), a many-faceted individual, was raised in Dayr al-Qamar, then the princely seat of Mount Lebanon, apprenticed as a merchant in Damietta, Egypt. He served as financial comptroller to the Shihab emirs of Hasbayya and in his later years was a physician and consul to the United States in Damascus. Mishaqa gives a vivid picture of life and history during the period. From his position he was privy to political deliberations and knew intimately the clan chiefs, pashas and princes who were the principal agents of change. The book contains information unavailable elsewhere of importance to political and social historians, on life during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Large portions of the original text that are of particular interest for the study of the interaction of the various ethno-religious groups that inhabit the area, were at one time expunged from the printed Arabic version as too sensitive, but are included in this comprehensive English translation.
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Author: Arthur Somers Roche

Publisher: N.A



Page: 322

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Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal

Author: Danny Schechter

Publisher: Cosimo, Inc.

ISBN: 1605203157

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 1667

Schechter calls for an investigation of those behind the engineered subprime scheme and indicts the regulators who enabled the crisis and the media that missed it. He advocates a debt-relief movement in America and argues that such a movement would resonate across the political spectrum.
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Plunder with Intent

Author: J.E. D'Este Clark

Publisher: Ember Press

ISBN: 1912317346

Category: Fiction

Page: 504

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5th Century BC, Athens Humble sculptor, Nikodimos, toils away in his workshop to create a sumptuous marble masterpiece of Athena Parthenos. His beautiful, noble creation is destined to be housed in the Parthenon. Nikodimos has no reason to suspect that it will not remain in its rightful home forever... 19th Century AD, Athens Lord Quimby, rich, powerful and greedy, is enchanted by the wealth of the Parthenon. Unconcerned by the locals' distress, Lord Quimby plunders the Parthenon of her finest artefacts. His twelve-year-old nephew, Maximilian, helplessly watches his Uncle's savage devastation of the treasure as it is shipped off to England, never to be seen again on Greek soil. Present Day Young Cambridge student Max Perceval unearths the horror of his late ancestor's murky deeds and realises all is not what it seems in the Museum of Classical Antiquities. In order to locate the treasured marble, and right the wrongs of the past, Max must take matters into his own hands and confront the ghosts of the Quimby dynasty.
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Author: Frederic Franklyn Van de Water

Publisher: N.A



Page: 306

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For God, Queen, and Plunder

Author: Wade G. Dudley

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1612340547


Page: 141

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Chronicles the dramatic life of one of England's earliest naval heroes and the origins of British naval supremacy
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The Congo

Plunder and Resistance

Author: Leo Zeilig,David Renton,David Seddon

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.

ISBN: 1848136315

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 9680

Since well before Henry Morgan Stanley's fabled encounter with David Livingstone on the shore on Lake Tanganyika in the late 19th century and his subsequent collaboration with King Leopold of Belgium in looting the country of its mineral wealth, the Congo's history has been one of collaboration by a minority with, and struggle by the majority against, Western intervention. Before the colonial period, there were military struggles against annexation. During Belgian rule, charismatic religious figures emerged, promising an end to white domination; copper miners struck for higher wages; and rural workers struggled for survival. During the second half of the 20th century, the Congo's efforts at disentanglement from Belgian rule, the murder of the nationalist leader Patrice Lumumba and the long dictatorship of General Mobutu culminated in one of the bloodiest wars the world has ever seen. At the start of a new millennium, this book argues that the West has plundered Africa to its own advantage and that unrestrained global capitalism threatens to remake the entire world, bringing violence and destruction in the name of profit. In this radical history, the authors show not only how the Congo represents and symbolises the continent's long history of subordination, but also how the determined struggle of its people has continued, against the odds, to provide the Congo and the rest of Africa with real hope for the future.
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The Politics of Plunder

Misgovernment in Washington

Author: Doug Bandow

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412838429

Category: Political Science

Page: 507

View: 9801

This slashing critique charges that the federal government and interest groups have badly mismanaged the political process for private ends. Transcending conventional ideologies, Bandow sees the root of the problem as our failure to honor the Founding Fathers' intention to establish a limited government with severely circumscribed powers in all areas. People abuse power; it is human nature. Only limited state authority will keep the political process from disintegrating into petty fighting among factions, each competing for its own limited self-interest. The demise of the original restraints has created an overgrown federal government that is ever more wasteful, inefficient, and unjust. Doug Bandow spares no sacred cows. He considers state interference in the free market responsible for an ethic of legalized theft, which allows interest groups to use the state to enrich themselves through subsidies, competitive restrictions, and other protectionist measures. He sees a judiciary that has aided the other branches of government in manipulating human conduct and restricting personal freedom for both liberal and conservative reasons. And in foreign policy he sees the development of an interventionist consensus, whereby Washington attempts to remake foreign nations in its image through military intervention and foreign aid, with disastrous results. "The Politics of Plunder "is written by an insider who combines theoretical and analytical skill with practical political experience. Bandow served in the most conservative administration of recent years yet freely criticizes the nostrums of the Right. He is an evangelical Christian yet dislikes the tactics of the Religious Right. His unique background--campaign worker, lawyer, presidential aide, magazine editor, policy analyst, and journalist--enables him to go far beyond the usual Washington commentary. Bandow's objective is to develop a new political perspective that transcends both conservative and liberal boundaries and emphasizes individual liberty, skepticism of state power, and tolerance of others. Those interested in the world of ideas will find this an accessible, practical guide to libertarian thought. Those interested in the world of public policy will find here a detailed discussion of scores of recent controversies.
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Protect Or Plunder?

Understanding Intellectual Property Rights

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842771099

Category: Law

Page: 146

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Intellectual property rights, TRIPS, patents - they sound technical, even boring. Yet, as Vandana Shiva shows, what kinds of ideas, technologies, identification of genes, even manipulations of life forms can be owned and exploited for profit by giant corporations is a vital issue for our times. In this readable and compelling introduction to an issue that lies at the heart of the socalled knowledge economy, Vandana Shiva makes clear how this Western-inspired and unprecedented widening of the concept does not in fact stimulate human creativity and the generation of knowledge. Instead, it is being exploited by transnational corporations in order to increase their profits at the expense of the health of ordinary people, and the poor in particular, and the age-old knowledge and independence of the world's farmers. Intellectual protection is being transformed into corporate plunder. Little wonder popular resistance around the world is rising to the WTO that polices this new intellectual world order, the pharmaceutical, biotech and other corporations which dominate it, and the new technologies they are foisting upon us.
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The Plunder of Art

Author: Hamendar Bhisham Pal

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 9788170172857

Category: Art

Page: 176

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India S Cultural Heritage Lies Among Others In Its Art-Paintings, Sculptures And Architecture. For Centuries Through Their Medium The Country S Inspired Men And Women Have Created Works Of Art Which Represent Truth And Beauty. The Glory Of These Can Be Seen Practically In Every State. However, Unfortunately The Vandals Have Played Havoc With This Repository Of The Country S Cultural Heritage. They Have Not Only Disfigured The Monuments, But Also Indulged In Thieving Of Art Pieces And Smuggling These Beyond The National Borders. The Greater Awareness Of The Beauty Of Indian Art, The Craze For Their Possession And The Fantastic Money These Fetch In Sales Abroad Are Basically Some Of The Causes That Prompt This Plunder Of Works Of Art.
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Trade, Plunder and Settlement

Maritime Enterprise and the Genesis of the British Empire, 1480-1630

Author: Kenneth R. Andrews

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521276986

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 394

View: 5628

Traces the maritime expansion of England through descriptions of a multitude of sea voyages from 1480 through 1630. Analyzes exploration, trading enterprise ventures and piracy and reveals how the attempts to create British settlements overseas resulted in the founding of the first New World colonies.
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Walls Around

The Plunder of Warsaw Jewry During World War II and Its Aftermath

Author: Itamar Levin

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275976491

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 7044

Argues that the plunder of Jews in the Holocaust was not only a product of murder, but also a tool of murder.
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Legal Plunder

Author: Daniel Lord Smail

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674737288

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 326

View: 9470

As a Europe grew rich in the Middle Ages, the well-made clothes, linens, and wares of households often substituted for hard currency. Pawnbrokers kept goods in circulation, and sergeants of the law marched into debtors’ homes to seize belongings equal in value to debts owed. David Smail describes a material world on the cusp of modern capitalism.
Posted in Business & Economics