John Pendlebury provides a unique holistic view on the understanding of the practice of conservation in the historic environment both in its evolution and in its relationship to wider societal and economic forces. The book introduces ideas about the meanings of historic environments and the values of those who seek to protect them and how these translate into public policies of conservation. UK practice is used as a means, along with international examples, for bringing together a real understanding of practice with a sympathetic social science analysis of the issues. The author explores beneath and beyond the rarely challenged consensus of the conservation of the historic environment as an important goal of public policy.
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