Who Owns History?: Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure by Geoffrey Robertson

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419
Janna Thompson reviews 'Who Owns History? Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure' by Geoffrey Robertson

Who Owns History?: Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure

by Geoffrey Robertson

Knopf, $39.99 pb, 304 pp

Who Owns History?: Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure by Geoffrey Robertson

Reviewed by
March 2020, no. 419

After his success in forcing the British Natural History Museum to return skulls and bones of Tasmanian Aboriginals, the human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson was asked by the Greek minister of foreign affairs to ascertain whether international law could be used to induce the British to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. Although the project found favour with a succession of Greek prime ministers, the Tsipras government decided not to act on Robertson’s recommendations. This book is a revised version of his report, along with a discussion of demands for the repatriation of other cultural treasures.

Janna Thompson reviews 'Who Owns History? Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure' by Geoffrey Robertson

Who Owns History?: Elgin’s loot and the case for returning plundered treasure

by Geoffrey Robertson

Knopf, $39.99 pb, 304 pp

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