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Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 15 Dec 2021 06:05 
I'll copy the comment of Astraftis on the Books section here for further discussion:
Do you think it would be really too much to include site-specific books, even if not specifically on the WH side? Or is it just that you'd prefer to keep the bibliography as general as possible? Excluding guidebooks and too general works (e.g. "Römische Geschichte" by Mommsen :-P ),I think that probably we would have to keep some threshold just for the most famous sites, otherwise having some key reference, especially for lesser-trodden sites, would be a treat! I already have some titles at the ready... :-) Or even, a "bibliography" section on each WHS page would be fantastic!

Author Astraftis
#2 | Posted: 19 Dec 2021 14:18 | Edited by: Astraftis 
OK, glad to have started this. My proposals comes also from seeing that there are other members of the community that come home with pile dwellings of books about the visited sites!

Some guidelines to choose titles might be:
- excluding guide books, even thematic ones (like the Danish Turen går til vikingetiden, where Jelling and ring fortresses [T] appear among other)
- excluding general historic works, so the Römische Geschichte I mentioned would not be appropriate for Rome with respect to a a book that goes over the specific urban development of Rome.

One source of "standard" references which might accompany an entry for a site, of which it is interesting to know that they exist, are some series specificall yabout WHS like
- SAGEP's yellow books about Italy's WHSs, in Italian and English
- the very nice hardcovers about Czech Unesco heritage, in Czech and English.

But there are other reference books which, even if they don't necessarily mention WHS status, are really spot-on and vividly suggested readings about some sites. From the top of my mind I have:
- The Leopard's tale about çatal Höyük (which I cite in my review)
- Sie bauten die ersten Tempel about Göbekli Tepe (also translated in various languages)
- Danewerk, surely in German and Danish, don't know if in other languages too (sold at least at the museum)

Now, it would be interesting to see what we can gather abou more popular sites, like Teotihuacàn, Verona or Peking's. But I think that those of interested to build such a bibliography are much more manageable than the ocean of books with more general takes and arguments.

Author barabanov
#3 | Posted: 21 Dec 2021 16:42 | Edited by: barabanov 
Recent book on Australian WHS was released in 2019, I somehow managed to purchase it:

World Heritage Sites of Australia, by Peter Valentine,

On Russia, there are 2 expensive and well-illustrated volumes, issued in 2016:
World Heritage of Russia. Volume 1. Architecture. ISBN: 978-5-91487-074-1. 14 cultural sites are descibed.
World Heritage of Russia. Volume 2. Natural sites. ISBN: 978-5-91487-076-5. 12 natural sites are described.

Author Astraftis
#4 | Posted: 3 Apr 2022 13:21 | Edited by: Astraftis 
Hi all, bibliophiles!

I am reporting this new (out from March 2nd) book about Venetian fortifications: Da Bergamo al Mediterraneo (From Bergamo to the Mediterranean Sea), by Nomos editions. It is a very nice monograph about everything about the Stato da tera - Stato da mar works of defence, collecting different essays about single sites and this topic more in general: so it talks very specifically about Bergamo, more amply about the others, it also touches upon the castle of Milan, and it details the warfare, engineering and political aspects of that region and age. It has an extremely rich and wonderful section of pictures, old plans, old photos, and illustrated documents of all sorts, and it ends with individual profiles (in Italian and English) for all inscribed sites. It is written in Italian (with essay abstracts also in English), and I don't know of other editions.

It also boasts a very rich bibliography overall and for the specific essays. So I'd say that it is the currently to-go, not too academic but still exhaustive and rather popularising work of reference about these sites. Highly recommended as it is also nice as a book itself!

Author Astraftis
#5 | Posted: 26 Sep 2022 18:06 
I have a couple of other recommendations for (directly or indirectly) WHS-themed books, always for Italy.

- Vicenza and Palladian villas: the Palladium museum itself has published a very nice, compact guide which includes most of the inscribed works by Palladio, but not all, and something more, like churches in Venice and the bridge in Bassano del Grappa. It is also in French and English. A good companion!

- Ravenna: The book Ravenna by Judith Herrin is rather thick, but is very enjoyable to read and not too academic. It is a really exhaustive story of the first, dense centuries of the city and, while it is not directly focused on the exact properties iscribed as WHSs, it delves into their origin and motivation and describes them in the historical context (it is not an art historian approach). The desire to write a good account of why such concentration of mosaics have come to existence was in fact the catalyst to write the book! I am reading it now, and am liking it.

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