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Creating Images of a Turkish Past : Identity and the Representation of Archaeology in Modern Turkey - Melania Savino

Creating Images of a Turkish Past

Identity and the Representation of Archaeology in Modern Turkey

Hardcover Published: 30th March 2019
ISBN: 9781784532529
Number Of Pages: 288

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What role do the narratives of the ancient past play in the modern Turkish Republic? How is the knowledge of this past constructed and displayed to the public? Melania Savino answers these questions through an analysis of the role of archaeology and its representation in the service of generating new perceptions of cultural identity in Turkey. The topic is explored through a focus on museums and visual media, addressing the ways in which antiquities became crucial symbols in the establishment and construction of a Turkish national imagination. During the creation of the republic, the discipline of archaeology underwent a profound transformation and played a primary role in defining Turkey as a 'modern' nation. However, despite what is commonly believed, Savino argues that archaeological excavations were carried out on a variety of sites from different periods and cultures in order that the resulting displays could show the heterogeneity of the Turkish past.Creating Images of a Turkish Past illustrates archaeological knowledge practises within a Turkish national context, but also shows that these practises cross national and international boundaries in an attempt to shape collective identities.

IntroductionChapter 1: Archaeology in the Ottoman EmpireChapter 2: The New Turkey: The Advent of the RepublicChapter 3: The Practice of Archaeology in Turkey after the Establishment of the RepublicChapter 4: The Development of a 'New Republican' National Museography: Structure, Organisation and Exhibitions of the Archaeological MuseumsChapter 5: Reaching the Public: The Presentation of the Ancient Past through PhotographyConclusion

ISBN: 9781784532529
ISBN-10: 1784532525
Series: Library of Modern Turkey
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th March 2019
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45