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

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

by Chris Gosden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521782643

ISBN-13: 9780521782647

Pub. Date: 04/30/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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 study, Chris Gosden presents a comparative survey of 5000 years of colonialism. Defining colonialism as, crucially, a…  See more details below

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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 study, Chris Gosden presents a comparative survey of 5000 years of colonialism. Defining colonialism as, crucially, a relationship with material culture, destabilising older values and 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521782647
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/30/2004
Series:
Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series, #2
Pages:
186
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Earlier approaches to colonialism7
3A model of colonialism24
4Colonialism within a shared cultural milieu41
5The middle ground82
6Terra nullius114
7Power153

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