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Archaeologies of Colonialism : Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France - Michael Dietler

Archaeologies of Colonialism

Consumption, Entanglement, and Violence in Ancient Mediterranean France

Hardcover Published: 17th October 2010
ISBN: 9780520265516
Number Of Pages: 480

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"Archaeologies of Colonialism contributes to a new understanding of a very large body of material. Its publication will be welcomed by historians and archaeologists who study ancient Greek and Roman colonialism, Mediterranean trade, and Iron Age Europe."---Peter S. Wells, author of the Battle That Stopped Rome

"Dietler examines colonial encounters and entanglements through a variety of lenses (consumption, violence, space), elegantly deploying the rich archaeology and history of the Western Mediterranean, an antiquity that shaped our very notions of the colonial experience. This is a book as complex and nuanced as the process it explores."---Susan E. Alcock, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World

This Book Presents a theoretically informed, up-to-date study of interactions between indigenous peoples of Mediterranean France and Etruscan, Greek, and Roman colonists during the first millennium BC. Analyzing archaeological data and ancient texts, Michael Dietler explores these colonial encounters over six centuries, focusing on material culture, urban landscapes, economic practices, and forms of violence. He shows how selective consumption linked native societies and colonists and created transformative relationships for each. Archaeologies of Colonialism also examines the role these ancient encounters played in the formation of modern European identity, colonial ideology, and practices, enumerating the problems for archaeologists attempting to reexamine these past societies. Developing an archaeology of consumption as a way to approach indigenous agency, Dietler contributes to the broader understanding of colonialism as it is seen in anthropology, history, and postcolonial studies.

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"An important and valuable addition to current studies in postcolonial theory and the colonial phenomenon in the ancient Mediterranean." Archaeological Review "Recommended." Choice "Dietler has produced an outstanding work of scholarship that is sophisticated, intelligent, and insightful, and that deserves the close attention of scholars." Journal Of Interdisciplinary History "Dietler's book is full of interesting ... insights woven from a particular anthropologically driven perspective." -- http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2012/02/how-istanbul-became-one-europes-safest-city/1103/#.TyrGDhZDBSY.mailto American Journal Of Archaeology "Dazzling... Dietler offers in this utterly captivating study ... an account of a colonial entanglement like nothing you have ever read." -- Daniel Lord Smail, Harvard University H-France Review Of Books "An excellent account." European Jrnl Of Archaeology "Substantial and highly informative... A detailed study." -- Richard Hingley, Durham University Britannia Magazine

ISBN: 9780520265516
ISBN-10: 0520265513
Series: Joan Palevsky Imprint in Classical Literature
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 17th October 2010
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.18