The shipwrecks of the First World War constitute a vast, dispersed and distinctive underwater legacy throughout the world’s oceans. Recognising that the recent centenary has prompted a shift in the way attention is focused on these legacy wrecks, this insightful book addresses the need to rethink how they can be protected nationally, particularly by the UK, and internationally, especially though the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage. The adequacy of the existing national and international legal framework to fulfil its promise of protecting legacy wrecks for future generations as an historical and archaeological resource, a memorial and, most importantly, a maritime war grave, is deftly analysed.
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Effective Legal Governance of WWI Wrecks
The recent centenary of WWI has prompted a shift in the way attention is focused on legacy shipwrecks. This timely book considers the development of the laws that apply to these wrecks and the issues that surround them, and deftly analyses the adequacy of the existing legal framework to fulfil its promise of protecting legacy wrecks for future generations as historical and archaeological resources, memorials and, most importantly, as maritime war graves.