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Introduction: Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts

Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

in Selective Remembrances

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780226450582
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226450643 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.003.0001
Introduction: Selective Remembrances: Archaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts

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This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about archaeology, politics, and remembrance of the past. The thirteen case studies presented in this volume illustrate how reconstructions of the remote past from early historical or archaeological sources may be manipulated to support and validate contemporary political purposes, including specific nationalist agendas. This volume examines the question of the relationship between archaeology and nationalism in post-Soviet contexts in new ways and investigates how imperial subjects used archaeology to buttress their own authorities, pasts, cultural traditions, and claims to the land.

Keywords: archaeology; politics; remote past; archaeological sources; nationalist agendas; imperial subjects; cultural traditions

Chapter.  11133 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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