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Conclusion: From the Postwar to Today

  • Miriam Intrator
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Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)

Abstract

This chapter concludes this book with a case study of one of the few physical library reconstruction projects UNESCO undertook during the postwar years. The example of the library in Valognes, France, badly damaged by Allied bombardment during liberation, is used to illustrate inherent unfairness and perceived biases within UNESCO at the time. The conflict heightened around 1951 with the downsizing of UNESCO’s Reconstruction Program. War-devastated countries felt the shift away from their ongoing issues was occurring too quickly while those from the growing number of recently decolonized countries pushed for the prioritization of other needs. The chapter also addresses present-day governmental and societal treatment of and approaches to books, libraries, and information in the United States, arguing for their continued significance and relevance, particularly during difficult and chaotic times.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Intrator
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  1. 1.Alden LibraryOhio University LibrariesAthensUSA

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