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Selective RemembrancesArchaeology in the Construction, Commemoration, and Consecration of National Pasts$
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Philip L. Kohl, Mara Kozelsky, and Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226450582

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226450643.001.0001

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The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq

The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq

(p.189) Six The Sense of Belonging The Politics of Archaeology in Modern Iraq
Selective Remembrances

Magnus T. Bernhardsson

University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the political aspect of archaeology in modern Iraq. It argues that Iraq's national identity has been forged to a large extent by its unique archaeological heritage. It discusses how Iraq used cultural nationalism or paradigmatic nationalism to demonstrate through archaeology how its modern and ethnically diverse population is tied to the various peoples and periods of the country's recent and distant past. Archaeology and ancient history thus helped foster a distinct sense of Iraqiness that has made Iraqis proud of their nation and their history.

Keywords:   archaeology, Iraq, national identity, archaeological heritage, cultural nationalism, paradigmatic nationalism

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