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Archaeology and Colonialism

Archaeology and Colonialism

Cultural Contact from 5000 BC to the Present

by Chris Gosden
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Publication Date: 15/04/2004
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Archaeology is the only discipline that allows us to take a long-term view across all forms of colonialism, from the Uruk cities of early Mesopotamia, through the empires of the Romans and the Aztecs, to the colonies of modern European states. In this innovative study, Chris Gosden presents a comparative survey of 5000 years of colonialism. Defining colonialism as, crucially, a relationship with material culture, destabilising of older values, changing both incomers and natives, Gosden attempts to understand the history of power, how it is exercised through material culture and how this understanding can generate new notions of interaction and encounter. By defining colonialism through its relationship with material culture, Gosden argues that modern colonialism, giving rise to settler societies, is historically unusual. Synthesising theoretical approaches and evidence from a broad span of colonial regions, this book provides an important new field of enquiry connecting historic and prehistoric archaeology.
ISBN:
9780521782647
9780521782647
Category:
Archaeology by period / region
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-04-2004
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
202
Dimensions (mm):
229x152x13mm
Weight:
0.44kg
Chris Gosden

Chris Gosden is Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. Previously he was curator and lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, where he encountered many magical objects displayed in a scientific manner.

Chris is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Society of Antiquaries, as well as a trustee of the Art Fund and the chair of trustees for Oxford Archaeology. He has written or edited eighteen academic books. This is his first trade book.

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