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

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


When political geography changes, how do reorganized or newly formed states justify their rule and create a sense of shared history for their people? Often, the chapters in this book reveal, they turn to archaeology, employing the field and its findings to develop nationalistic feelings and forge legitimate distinctive national identities. Examining such relatively new or reconfigured nation-states as Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Ukraine, India, and Thailand, the book shows how states invoke the remote past to extol the glories of specific peoples or prove claims to ancestral homelands. ... More

Keywords: political geography, states, shared history, nationalistic feelings, national identities, nation-states, ancestral homelands, religion, new regimes, archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip L. Kohl, editor

Mara Kozelsky, editor

Nachman Ben-Yehuda, editor

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Front Matter

1 Russia and Eastern Europe

2 The Near East

3 Israel/Palestine

4 South and Southeast Asia

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