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Colonial Encounters in Iberia and the Western Mediterranean: An Exploratory Framework

Michael Dietler

in Colonial Encounters in Ancient Iberia

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226148472
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226148489 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226148489.003.0001
Colonial Encounters in Iberia and the Western Mediterranean: An Exploratory Framework

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This chapter explains why the ancient encounters explored in this volume should be of interest and importance to a wide variety of readers, well beyond the group of specialists convened to produce this panorama of new research on ancient colonialism in Iberia. It also contextualizes the specific Iberian cases considered here within both the broader history of colonial encounters in the ancient Western Mediterranean and larger theoretical debates about colonialism that are taking place within fields such as anthropology and postcolonial studies. In other words, in addition to setting the stage for readers not already familiar with the history of the ancient Mediterranean, the chapter suggests both why the particular case of ancient Iberia is of considerable significance to broader studies of colonialism in the social sciences and humanities and, reciprocally, why scholars focusing on the Iberian case can profit from a broader engagement with discussions in these other domains. First, it defines the intersecting terms “colonization,” “colonialism,” and “imperialism.” It then discusses the “acculturation theory” and world-systems theory to explain colonial encounters.

Keywords: colonialism; ancient Iberia; social sciences; Western Mediterranean; anthropology; postcolonial studies; colonization; imperialism; acculturation theory; world-systems theory

Chapter.  18962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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