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Nationalism, Politics and the Practice of Archaeology

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Philip L. Kohl, Clare Fawcett, Bernard Wailes, Amy L. Zoll, Margarita Diaz-Andreu, Katina Lillios, Bettina Arnold, Henning Hassmann, Timothy Kaiser, David W. Anthony, Victor Shnirelman, Evgenij N. Chernykh, Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Enzheng Tong, Lothar A. von Falkenhausen, Sarah M. Nelson, Neil Asher Silberman, Bruce G. Trigger
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  • Date Published: February 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521558396

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  • Archaeology has often been put to political use, particularly by nationalists. This timely collection ranges from propaganda purposes served by archaeology in the Nazi state to lesser-known instances of ideological archaeology elsewhere. A distinguished group of international scholars highlights common threads in these experiences, arguing that archaeologists need to be more sophisticated about the use and abuse of their studies. The book raises cogent questions concerning not only archaeology, but also history and anthropology in general.

    • The only detailed consideration of abuses of the relationship between nationalist politics and archaeology
    • Brings together a highly distinguished group of international scholars
    • Includes in-depth coverage of specific Asian and European states in their political, nationalist and archaeological contexts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...highly recommended. It treats an acute problem that is relevant for all archaeologists. The familiarity of the individual authors with the complex political histories of their research areas provides the reader with a set of fascinating and provocative case studies." Reinhard Bernbeck, American Antiquity

    "This volume is a welcomed and important addition to the recent spate of publications exploring the sociohistorical context of archaeological practice....this is an excellent and important book that should be read and discussed by everyone concerned with understanding the sociohistorical forces shaping archaeological practice and the responsibilities of archaeologists in interpreting and presenting the past. There is much new and provocative material here by an international collection of scholars....the timely well-integrated character of this set of essays, the intellectual seriousness of the endeavor, and the consistently accessible, jargon-light style of the writing certainly ought to assure the volume a prominent place on many graduate and undergraduate syllabi." Michael Dietler, American Anthropologist

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521558396
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • contains: 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction: Archaeology in the Service of the State: Theoretical Considerations Philip L. Kohl and Clare Fawcett
    Part II. Western Europe:
    1. Civilization, barbarism, and nationalism in European archaeology Bernard Wailes and Amy L. Zoll
    2. Archaeology and nationalism in Spain Margarita Diaz-Andreu
    3. Nationalism and Copper Age research in Portugal during the Salazar Regime (1932–1974) Katina T. Lillios
    4. Archaeology in Nazi Germany: the legacy of Faustian bargain Bettina Arnold and Henning Hassman
    5. Nazi and eco-feminist prehistories: ideology and empiricism in Indo-European archaeology David W. Anthony
    Part III. Eastern Europe and Eurasia:
    6. Archaeology and ideology in Southeast Europe Timothy Kaiser
    7. From internationalism to nationalism: forgotten pages of soviet archaeology in the 1930s and 1940s Victor A. Shnirelman
    8. Postscript: Russian archaeology after the collapse of the USSR infrastructural crisis and the resurgence of old and new nationalism E. N. Chernykh
    9. Nationalism, politics and the practice of archaeology in the Caucasus Philip L. Kohl and Gocha R. Tsetskhladze
    Part IV. East Asia:
    10. Thirty years of Chinese archaeology (1949–1979) Enzheng Tong
    11. The regionalist paradigm in Chinese archaeology Lothar von Falkenhausen
    12. The politics of ethnicity in prehistoric Korea Sarah M. Nelson
    13. Nationalism and postwar Japanese archaeology Clare Fawcett
    Part V. Commentary:
    14. Promised lands and chosen peoples: the politics and poetics of archaeological narrative Neil Asher Silberman
    15. Romanticism, nationalism and archaeology Bruce G. Trigger.

  • Editors

    Philip L. Kohl, Wellesley College, Massachusetts

    Clare Fawcett, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia


    Philip L. Kohl, Clare Fawcett, Bernard Wailes, Amy L. Zoll, Margarita Diaz-Andreu, Katina Lillios, Bettina Arnold, Henning Hassmann, Timothy Kaiser, David W. Anthony, Victor Shnirelman, Evgenij N. Chernykh, Gocha R. Tsetskhladze, Enzheng Tong, Lothar A. von Falkenhausen, Sarah M. Nelson, Neil Asher Silberman, Bruce G. Trigger

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