A World History of Nineteenth-Century Archaeology Nationalism, Colonialism, and the Past

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-10
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Margarita Diaz-Andreu offers an innovative history of archaeology during the nineteenth century, encompassing all its fields from the origins of humanity to the medieval period, and all areas of the world. The development of archaeology is placed within the framework of contemporary politicalevents, with a particular focus upon the ideologies of nationalism and imperialism. Diaz-Andreu examines a wide range of issues, including the creation of institutions, the conversion of the study of antiquities into a profession, public memory, changes in archaeological thought and practice, andthe effect on archaeology of racism, religion, the belief in progress, hegemony, and resistance.

Author Biography

Margarita Diaz-Andreu is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University.

Table of Contents

An alternative account of the history of archaeology in the nineteenth century
The Early Archaeology of the Great Civilizations
Antiquities and political prestige in the early modern era
The archaeology of the French Revolution
Archaeology and the 1820 liberal revolution: the past in the independence of the Greek and Latin American nations
The Archaeology of Informal Imperialism
Informal imperialism in Europe and the Ottoman Empire: the consolidation of the mythical roots of the West
Biblical archaeology
Informal imperialism beyond Europe: the archaeology of the great civilizations in Latin America, China, and Japan
Colonial Archaeology
Colonialism and archaeology in South and South-East Asia
Classical versus Islamic antiquities in colonial archaeology: the Russian Empire and French North Africa
Colonialism and the archaeology of the primitive
National Archaeology in Europe
The early search for a national past in Europe (1789-1820)
Archaeology and the liberal revolutions (c.1820-1860): nation, race, and language in the study of Europe's past
Evolutionism and positivism (c.1860-1900)
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