Archaeology, Ideology and Society: The German Experience (Gesellschaften und Staaten im Epochenwandel / Societies and States in Transformation)

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9783631389942: Archaeology, Ideology and Society: The German Experience (Gesellschaften und Staaten im Epochenwandel / Societies and States in Transformation)
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This volume explores the relationship between archaeology, politics and society in Germany from the later 19th to the end of the 20th century. The contributions discuss key aspects of this relationship in their historical context, beginning with the triumph of national archaeology over universalist anthropology, continuing with the exploitation of archaeology by the Nazi and Communist regimes, the widespread collaboration by archaeologists, and the political and intellectual aftermath of these two episodes. Other contributions raise no less important questions about the role of archaeology in democratic society, by exploring issues such as university teaching, public attitudes, gender, and research abroad. Contributors from outside Germany put this experience into a contemporary, European and international context.

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The Editor: Heinrich Härke, born 1949 in Hameln (Germany). Undergraduate studies at Göttingen (Germany) and Edinburgh (UK), postgraduate work at Oxford (UK) and Göttingen. M.A. Göttingen 1975, B. Litt. Oxford 1978, Dr. phil. Göttingen 1988. Excavations in Germany, England and Russia. Teaching posts at Queen’s University Belfast (UK) 1984-89 and Reading University (UK) since 1989. Visiting Lecturer at Kiel University (Germany) 1988/89, Leverhulme/British Academy Senior Research Fellow 1997/98.

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«...a book of immense significance [...] not only to archaeologists but to anyone concerned with the intellectual history of Europe.» (Neal Ascherson, Public Archaeology)
«...these essays represent a comprehensive assessment and critique of the discipline of Germanic archaeology (prehistory and early history of Germany's inhabitants) [...] a book that clearly aims at disciplinary reform, and will certainly convince outsiders, if not insiders, that change is overdue.» (Suzanne Marchand, Trabajos de Prehistoria)
«...a milestone in the study of the history of archaeology.» (Bruce G. Trigger, Bulletin of the History of Archaeology)

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