Archaeology Under Dictatorship

Editors: Galaty, Michael L., Watkinson, Charles (Eds.)

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Archaeological knowledge is not created in a vacuum and our understanding of the past is profoundly affected by political ideologies. In fact, a relationship between politics and archaeology develops to some degree in every nation, regardless of social and economic circumstances.

The connections between politics and archaeology become most visible, however, within a totalitarian dictatorship, when a dictator seeks to create and legitimize new state-supported ideologies. Any dictator may attempt to control and exploit the past, often by directly controlling archaeologists. The degree to which a nation's archaeological system may continue to be affected after the fall of the dictator depends upon both the previous regime's ideological position and its level of dependence upon archaeology, and the response of archaeologists to the regime, collectively and individually.

Archaeology Under Dictatorship demonstrates that the study of archaeology as it evolved under modern dictatorships is today, more than ever, of critical importance. For example, in many European countries those who practiced archaeology under dictatorship are retiring or dying. In some places, their intellectual legacy is being pursued uncritically by a younger generation of archaeologists. Now is the time, therefore, to understand how archaeologists have supported, and sometimes subverted, dictatorial political ideologies. In studying archaeology as practiced under totalitarian dictatorship, that most harsh of political systems, light is shed on the issue of politics and archaeology generally.

This volume aims to provide a theoretical basis for understanding the specific effects of totalitarian dictatorship upon the practice of archaeology, both during and after the dictator's reign. The nine essays explore experiences from every corner of the Mediterranean; from the heartlands of Italy, Spain and Greece, to the less well-known shores of Albania and Libya. With its wide-range of case-studies and strong theoretical orientation, this volume is a major advance in the study of the history and politics of archaeology. The Mediterranean focus will also make it thought-provoking reading for classical archaeologists and historians.

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The Practice of Archaeology Under Dictatorship – Fascism in the Desert: A Microcosmic View of Archaeological Politics – The Trojans in Epirus: Archaeology, Myth and Identity in Inter-Way Albania – Italian Colonial Archaeology in Libya 1912-1942 – Italian Archaeology in Libya: From Colonial Romanita to Decolonization of the Past – Archaeological Resource Management Under Franco’s Spain: The Comisaria General de Excavaciones Arqueologicas – Whose Hittites, and Why? Language, Archaeology and the Quest for the Original Turks, On the Stage and Behind the Scenes: Greek Archaeology in Times of Dictatorship – Dealing with the Devil: The Faustian Bargain of Archaeology Under Dictatorship

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeology Under Dictatorship
Editors
  • Michael L. Galaty
  • Charles Watkinson
Copyright
2004
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-36214-4
DOI
10.1007/0-387-36214-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-48508-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-306-48509-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 218
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