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Defending National TreasuresFrench Art and Heritage Under Vichy$
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Elizabeth Karlsgodt

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770187

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770187.001.0001

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Saving Historic Sites

Saving Historic Sites

(p.102) 5 Saving Historic Sites
Defending National Treasures
Stanford University Press

This chapter discusses preservation measures aimed at increasing the protection of historic and natural sites, such as chateaux, churches and cathedrals, medieval fortresses, commemorative arches, and state palaces during the war. On the eve of World War II, cultural officials prepared for the possibility that some of these treasured sites would be damaged in the imminent conflict. Laying a legislative foundation that postwar administrations would build upon, Vichy officials sought to protect historic structures in the short term, prepare France for long-term economic growth through the tourism industry, and reclaim lost grandeur by preserving French national treasures and promoting public awareness of cultural patrimony.

Keywords:   historic landmarks, national treasures, Vichy regime, natural sites, cultural policy, preservation policy

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