National treasure

National treasure

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The idea of national treasure, like national epics and national anthems, is part of the language of Romantic nationalism, which arose in the late 18th century and 19th centuries. Nationalism is an ideology which supports the nation as the fundamental unit of human social life, which includes shared language, values and culture. Thus national treasure, part of the ideology of nationalism, is shared culture.

National treasure can be a shared cultural asset, which may or may not have monetary value; for example, a skilled banjo player would be a Living National Treasure. Or it may refer to a rare cultural object, such as the medieval manuscript Plan of St. Gall in Switzerland. The government of Japan designates the most famous of the nation's cultural properties as National Treasures of Japan, while the National Treasures of Korea are a set of artifacts, sites, and buildings which are recognized by South Korea as having exceptional cultural value.

National treasure can be taken more literally and signify the actual monetary worth of a nation. For example, going to war can cost national treasure.

Notable national treasures

There are thousands of national treasures around the world. Listed here are samples of the different types of things that can be national treasure:

People

Places

Cultural artifacts

Geographic features

  • The Constitution of Greece of 2001 declared that the Greek coastline is a national treasure (see Patras).
  • The United States natural and cultural resources that collectively comprise the National Park System are considered to be a national treasure.

Music

Animal

See also

References

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  2. ^ Stephen Fry biography Dave.uktv.co.uk
  3. ^ Stephen Fry night BBC4 website
  4. ^ "Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) The King of football". FIFA.com. http://www.fifa.com/classicfootball/players/player=63869/index.html. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Grateful Dead: The Illustrated Trip. Jake Woodward, et al. Dorling Kindersley Limited, 2003, pg. 112.

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