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Author Manias, Chris.

Title Race, science, and the nation : reconstructing the ancient past in Britain, France and Germany / Chris Manias
Published New York : Routledge, 2013
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 301 pages) : illustrations
Series Routledge studies in cultural history ; 21
Routledge studies in cultural history ; 21
Contents Unveiling the ancestry of peoples : tradition, language and ethnology, 1800-1860 -- Unearthing our forefathers : the growth of provincial archaeology, 1830-1860 -- The limits of history : defining nations, races and peoples, 1820-1850 -- Building the science of man : national anthropology and the ancient past, 1850-1870 -- Locating the peoples of prehistory : geology, archaeology and anthropology, 1840-1870 -- The fracturing of common origins : the nationalization of the anthropological past, 1871-1900 -- Tension and diffusion : the racial and cultural sciences, 1890-1914
Summary Across the nineteenth century, scholars in Britain, France and the German lands sought to understand their earliest ancestors: the Germanic and Celtic tribes known from classical antiquity, and the newly discovered peoples of prehistory. New fields - philology, archeology and anthropology - interacted, breaking down languages, unearthing artifacts, measuring skulls and recording the customs of ""savage"" analogues. This was a decidedly national process: disciplines institutionalized on national levels, and their findings seen to have deep implications for the origins of the nation and its "
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ethnology -- France -- Historiography.
Ethnology -- Germany -- Historiography.
Ethnology -- Great Britain -- Historiography.
France -- History -- To 987 -- Historiography.
Germany -- History -- To 843 -- Historiography.
Great Britain -- History -- To 1066 -- Historiography.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 020348973X (ebk)
1135054703 (electronic bk.)
9780203489734 (ebk)
9781135054700 (electronic bk.)