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Urban Cultural Heritage and Armed Conflict: The Case of Beirut Central District

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Referring to Beirut during the Lebanese civil war, this chapter explores the broader concept of the historic urban landscape and its significance; its relationship to and destruction during armed conflict; the relationship of this destruction to urbicide and the destruction of community in time as well as space; and the issue of protecting urban cultural heritage during conflict. The chapter also attempts to provide some initial ways urban cultural heritage may be protected. Civil conflicts are raging to greater or lesser intensity in a number of countries, such as Syria, Libya and Yemen. All these countries have outstanding urban cultural heritage and much of it is under serious threat from such conflicts. In particular the connections between deliberate destruction of cultural heritage and the total destruction of urbicide and genocide need to be better understood and appreciated.

Keywords:armed conflict; Beirut; Lebanese civil war; Libya; Syria; urban cultural heritage; Yemen



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