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Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology
Vocabulary, Symbols, and Legacy

Edited by Bonnie Effros and Guolong Lai

Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology
Paperback, 500 pages £65.00
Published: 2018
ISBN: 9781938770135
Format: 229mm x 151mm
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Subjects: Archaeology

This volume addresses the entanglement between archaeology, imperialism, colonialism, capitalism, and war. Popular sentiment in the West has tended to embrace the adventure rather than ponder the legacy of archaeological explorers. Allegations by imperial powers of “discovering” archaeological sites or “saving” world heritage from neglect or destruction have often provided the pretext for expanding political might.

Consequently, Indigenous populations often fell victim to imperialism, while seeing their lands confiscated, artifacts looted, and the ancient remains in their midst commodified. Spanning the globe with case studies from East Asia, Siberia, Australia, North and South America, Europe, and Africa, sixteen contributions written by archaeologists, art historians, and historians from four continents offer unusual breadth and depth in the assessment of various facets of claims to patrimonial heritage in the context of imperial and colonial ventures of the last two centuries, and their post-colonial legacy.  66 figures, most in colour.

Volume 8 in the Ideas, Debates and Perspectives series.

1: Archaeology and Imperialism: From Nineteenth-Century New Imperialism to Twentieth-Century Decolonization by Margarita Diaz-Andreu
2: German Archaeology in Occupied Europe during World War II: A Case Of Colonial Archaeology? by Hubert Fehr
3: Problematizing the Encylopedic Museum: The Benin Bronzes and Ivories in Historical Context by Neil Brodie
4: Digging up China: Imperialism, Nationalism, and Regionalism in the Yinxu Excavation, 1928-1937 by Guolong Lai
5: "They have not changed in 2,500 years": Art, Archaeology and Modernity in Iran by Talinn Grigor
6: The Entanglement of Native Americans and Colonialist Archaeology in the Southwestern United States by Chip Colwell
7: The History of Archaeology through the Eyes of Egyptians by Wendy Doyon
8: Indigenous Voices at the Margins: Nuancing the History of French Colonial Archaeology in Ninteenth-Century Algeria, 1830-1870 by Bonnie Effros
9: Critiquing the Discovery Narrative of Lady Mungo by Ann McGrath
10: In the Shadow Zone of Imperial Politics: Archaeological Research in Buryatia from the Late Nineteenth Century to the 1940s by Ursula Brosseder
11: Imperial Archaeology or an Archaeology of Exoticism? Victor Segalen’s Expeditions in Early Twentieth-Century China by Jian Xu
12: Four German Art Historians in Republican China by Lothar von Falkenhausen
13: French Archaeology and History in the Colonial Maghreb: Inheritance, Presence, and Absence by Matthew McCarty
14: The Colonial Origins of Myth and National Identity in Uganda by Peter R. Schmidt
15: Japanese Colonial Archaeology in Korea and Its Legacy by Yangjin Pak
16: The Cloth Colonization: Peruvian Tapestries in the Andes and in Foreign Museums by Maya Stanfield-Mazzi

Bonnie Effros is the chair of history at the University of Liverpool. She was previously a professor of history, the Rothman Chair, and the director of the Center for Humanities and Public Sphere at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Guolong Lai is an associate professor of Chinese art and archaeology at the University of Florida.

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Publication Details:

 Paperback , 500 pages
 229mm x 151mm
66 figures, most in colour

BIC Code:
  ART015000, SOC003000
 Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press


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