The Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime

  • Saskia Hufnagel
  • Duncan Chappell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Setting the Context

  3. Art Theft

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Duncan Chappell, Kenneth Polk
      Pages 109-131
    3. Vicki Oliveri
      Pages 133-148
    4. Declan Garrett
      Pages 187-211
    5. James Ratcliffe
      Pages 237-251
    6. Dorit Straus
      Pages 253-270
  4. Art Fraud and Forgery

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Noah Charney
      Pages 289-299
    3. Kenneth Polk, Duncan Chappell
      Pages 301-320
    4. Robyn Sloggett
      Pages 381-406
  5. Art Plunder

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 407-407
    2. Valerie Higgins
      Pages 409-437
    3. Michaela Boland
      Pages 463-482
    4. Stefan Gruber
      Pages 503-525
    5. Saskia Hufnagel, Duncan Chappell
      Pages 587-606
    6. Mark Harrison, Mark Dunkley, Alison James
      Pages 731-749
  6. Some Ethical and Allied Challenges

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 901-909

About this book


This handbook showcases studies on art theft, fraud and forgeries, cultural heritage offences and related legal and ethical challenges. It has been authored by prominent scholars, practitioners and journalists in the field and includes both overviews of particular art crime issues as well as regional and national case studies. It is one of the first scholarly books in the current art crime literature that can be utilised as an immediate authoritative reference source or teaching tool. It also includes a bibliographic guide to the current literature across interdisciplinary boundaries. Apart from legal, criminological, archeological and historical perspectives on theft, fraud and looting, this volume contains chapters on iconoclasm and graffiti, underwater cultural heritage, the trade in human remains and the trade, theft and forgery of papyri. The book thereby hopes to encourage scholars from a wider variety of disciplines to contribute their valuable knowledge to art crime research.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Saskia Hufnagel
    • 1
  • Duncan Chappell
    • 2
  1. 1.School of LawQueen Mary University of LondonLondonUK
  2. 2.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54404-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-54405-6
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