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Topics in Contemporary Archaeology : Archaeology and Colonialism: Cultural Contact from 5000 BC to the Present Series Number 2 - Chris Gosden

Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

Archaeology and Colonialism: Cultural Contact from 5000 BC to the Present Series Number 2

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Published: 14th July 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.

'Archaeology and Colonialism is a highly readable reassessment of colonialism ... Archaeology and Colonialism is an enjoyable and useful book. Through its concentration on power relations manifest in material culture, it offers a new and stimulating way to approach cultural contact.' Stephanie Wynne-Jones, University of Cambridge ' ... a brave and interesting attempt at a new synthesis ...' Ancient West & East

Introduction
Other approaches to colonialism
A model of colonialism
Colonialism within a shared cultural milieu
The middle ground
Terra nullius
Power
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ISBN: 9780521787956
ISBN-10: 0521787955
Series: Topics in Contemporary Archaeology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 14th July 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.31