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Germany's ancient pasts : archaeology and historical interpretation since 1700

Author: Brent Maner
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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The book offers a vivid portrait of the development of antiquarianism and archaeology, the interaction between regional and national history, and scholarly debates about the use of ancient objects to answer questions of race, ethnicity, and national belonging. While excavations in central Europe throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries fed curiosity about the local landscape and inspired musings about the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brent Maner
ISBN: 9780226592916 ) 022659291X ((hardcover alkaline paper)) 9780226593074 ((paperback alkaline paper)) 022659307X ((paperback alkaline paper)
OCLC Number: 1117771567
Notes: 40028871940
Description: 354 s. : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The sources for prehistory: texts and objects in the eighteenth century --
Preparing artifacts for history: archaeology after the Napoleonic Wars --
Archaeology and the creation of historical places --
Rudolf Virchow and the anthropological orientation of prehistory --
Domestic archaeology: a preeminently regional discipline --
Narrating the national past --
Professionalization and nationalism in domestic archaeology --
Prehistory as a national socialist narrative --
Epilogue
Responsibility: Brent Maner

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The book offers a vivid portrait of the development of antiquarianism and archaeology, the interaction between regional and national history, and scholarly debates about the use of ancient objects to answer questions of race, ethnicity, and national belonging. While excavations in central Europe throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries fed curiosity about the local landscape and inspired musings about the connection between contemporary Germans and their?ancestors, ? antiquarians and archaeologists were quite cautious about using archaeological evidence to make ethnic claims. Even during the period of German unification, many archaeologists emphasized the local and regional character of their finds and treated prehistory as a general science of humankind. As Maner shows, these alternative perspectives endured alongside nationalist and racist abuses of prehistory, surviving to offer positive traditions for the field in the aftermath of World War II. A fascinating investigation of the quest to turn pre- and early history into history, Germany?s Ancient Pasts sheds new light on the joint sway of science and politics over archaeological interpretation

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