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Title: Conservation in monsoon Asia : the conservation of immovable cultural property in Southeast Asia
Author: Russell, John
ISNI:       0000 0001 3540 6228
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 1978
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Situated to the east of the subcontinent of India and to the south of the People's Republic of China, 'Monsoon Asia' _comprises nine independent countries of diverse setting and background whose climates are dominated by large scale seasonal reversals of wind direction and have a common denominator in the distinctive seasonal rhythm of their climates. 'Within the context of setting and background the author examines each country's archaeological and architectural heritage, causes of decay, conservation policies and programmes and conservation framework. These nine 'National Profiles' are preceded by an outline of the 'Monsoon Asian Setting' and a 'Comparative Analysis' of the situation prevailing within the study area. These three parts, which together form the main body of the thesis, are augmented by a detailed bibliography and glossary and comprehensive appendices. In consultation with the International Centre for Conservation (ICCROM) Rome, the author compiled a detailed questionnaire that was circulated to 'National Conservation Agencies' in advance of undertaking local research and fieldwork. Because of the military situation prevailing in 1974 the author was unable to visit the countries of Indochina. As a result of his six -year research programme (1972 -78) the author concludes : (1) that Monsoon Asia's unique cultural heritage is endangered as much by the actions of man as of nature; (2) that the successful_ resolution of the problem is accordingly dependent as much upon 'cultural' as 'technical' policies and programmes; (3) that the necessary framework already exists within Monsoon Asia but that inadequate financing severely restricts the availability of technical and manpower resources; and (4) that 'self help' regional programmes, such as the SEAMEO Project in Archaeology and Fine Arts (SPAFA), hold the greatest future promise.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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