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Puritans in Babylon : the ancient Near East and American intellectual life, 1880-1930

Author: Bruce Kuklick
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the 1880s through the 1920s a motley collection of American scholars, soldiers of fortune, institutional bureaucrats, and financiers created the academic fields that give us our knowledge of the ancient Near East. Bruce Kuklick's new book begins with the story of the initial adventure of these determined investigators - a twelve-year dig near the Biblical Babylon, at Nippur, conducted at intervals from 1888  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Kuklick
ISBN: 0691025827 9780691025827
OCLC Number: 33244704
Description: xii, 253 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1 From the United States to Babylonia 11 --
Main Characters in the Story 17 --
1 The Boys of Sumer, 1876-1888 19 --
2 In Their Ruins, 1889-1892 35 --
3 A Tale of Two Cities, 1893-1896 58 --
4 Hilprecht's Triumphs, 1897-1902 78 --
Part 2 From Babylonia to the American Ancient Near East 93 --
5 The Organization of Knowledge 99 --
6 The Peters-Hilprecht Controversy, 1903-1910 123 --
7 Archaeology and Objectivity 141 --
8 Intellectual Property 158 --
9 Orientalists and Their Civilizations 176.
Responsibility: Bruce Kuklick.
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This work examines the role of American scholars in providing knowledge of the ancient Near East. It explores the commitment to, and validity of, "orientalism", a study which often conflicted with  Read more...

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