1. Introduction: Global Boundaries between Preservation and Conservation 2. Periphery, Margins and Self 3. Defence, Survival or Neglect: The Rôle of Politics 4. Non-European World and the Bequest of Modernity 5. Postmodernity Elsewhere 6. Conservation Funding in another World 7. Public Participation Epilogue: Saving the World's Past Appendix Bibliography Index
The majority of books in English on historic building conservation and heritage preservation training are often restricted to Western architecture and its origins. Consequently, the history of building conservation, the study of contemporary paradigms and case studies in most universities and within wider interest circles, predominantly in the UK, Europe, and USA focus mainly on Europe and sometimes the USA, although the latter is often excluded from European publications. With an increasingly multicultural student body in Euro-American universities and with a rising global interest in heritage preservation, there is an urgent need for publications to cover a larger geographical and social area including not only Asia, Australia, Africa and South America but also previously neglected countries in Europe like the new members of the European Community and the northern neighbour of the USA, Canada. The inclusion of the 'other' in built environment education in general and in building conservation in particular is a pre-requisite of cultural interaction and widening participation.