Nationalism and Archaeology in Europe

Nationalism and Archaeology in Europe

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Archaeologists from many different European countries here explore the very varied relationship between nationalistic ideas and archaeological activity through the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The resurgence of nationalism was one of the most prominent features of the European political scene in the 1990s, when this book was originally published. The past provides a large supply of ideas and images to support the claims of national identity deeply rooted in remote generations. The remote past revealed by archaeology also plays a part heroes, heroines, golden ages long disappeared, objects to admire, and sites to provoke the memory, all called on to further the cause of nationalism. Drawing on the authoritative insights of the indigenous contributors, this book examines the issues throughout modern Europe. All of the chapters share a concern to see archaeology and the study of the past as intimately related to contemporary social and political questions. The present shapes the way we think about the past but the past also provides us with evidence for thinking about the present. These issues are timeless and this comprehensive examination of a host of issues remains important for historians and those pursuing nationalistic politics."show more

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  • Paperback | 322 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 22mm | 498g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1138817562
  • 9781138817562

Table of contents

1. Nationalism and Archaeology: An Introduction Margarita Diìaz-Andreu and Timothy Champion  2. The Fall of a Nation, the Birth of a Subject: The National Use of Archaeology in Nineteenth-century Denmark Marie Louise Stig Sørensen  3. French Archaeology: Between National Identity and Cultural Identity Alain Schnapp  4. Islamic Archaeology and the Origin of the Spanish Nation Margarita Diìaz-Andreu  5. Archaeology and Nationalism: The Portugese Case Carlos Fabião  6. Nationalism wihout a Nation: The Italian Case Alessandro Guidi  7. Three Nations or One? Britain and the National Use of the Past Timothy Champion  8. Building the Future on the Past: Archaeology and the Construction of National Identity in Ireland Gabriel Cooney  9. German Archaeology and its Relation to Nationalism and Racism Ingo Wiwjorra  10. "Drang Nach Westen"?: Polish Archaeology and National Identity Wlodzimierz RÄczkowski  11. The Faces of Nationalist Archaeology in Russia Victor A. Shnirelman  12. Nationalism Doubly Oppressed: Archaeology and Nationalism in Lithuania Giedrius PuodžiÅ«nas and Algirdas Girininkas  13. Is there National Archaeology Without Nationalism? Archaeological Tradition in Slovenia Božidar SlapÅ¡ak and Predrag NovakoviÄ  14. Epilogue Miroslav Hrochshow more