ZACHOWANE – OCALONE? O KRAJOBRAZIE KULTUROWYM I SPOSOBACH JEGO KSZTAŁTOWANIA Pod red. Iwony Liżewskiej i Wiktora Knercera. Wyd. Stowarzyszenie WK Borussia, Olsztyn 2003
PRESERVED – SAVED? ON THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE AND MANNERS OF ITS SHAPING ED. BY IWONA LIŻEWSKA AND WIKTOR KNERCER, PUBLISHED BY STOWARZYSZENIE WK BORUSSIA, OLSZTYN 2003
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Preserved – Saved? On the Cultural Landscape and Manners of Its Shaping is a collection of texts – the result of two conferences organised in July 2000 and September 2002 by the Borussia Cultural Community society. The leitmotif of both meetings was the cultural landscape as well as the possibilities of its shaping and protection, while the point of departure was the rural landscape and the region of Warmia and Mazuria. The authors include persons professionally associated with the protection of historical monuments and preservation, as well as the owners of historical objects. The book is divided into three parts, the first being Historia – Dziedzictwo – Zmiany (History – Legacy – Changes), bringing the reader closer to the cultural legacy of Warmia and Mazuria, not merely the historical aspects but also from the present-day perspective. The second part, entitled Współczesność – Projekty – Realizacje (Contemporaneity – Projects – Realisations), contains texts about the discussed issues on a local level as well as a wider, supraregional one. Finally, the part on Siedziby – Losy – Ludzie (Residences – History – People) describes the personal experiences of various people who decided to tame the alien element and begin a new life under an “old roof”. The merits of the books include its handy size, hard cover, and lavish illustrations. The publication is enhanced by biogrammes of authors, presented at the end. The only flaw is the absence of topographic references. Although the major part of the publication deals with Warmia and Mazuria, it also contains texts about Lithuania or Sweden. The book is addressed to the lovers of Warmia and Mazuria, historians of art, conservators and laymen.
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