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The Archaeology of Power and Politics in Eurasia


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Introduction: regimes, revolutions, and the materiality of power in Eurasian archaeology Charles W. Hartley, G. Bike Yazicioglu and Adam T. Smith; Part I. The Rhetoric of Regime and Ideology of Revolution: 1. Archaeology and the national idea in Eurasia Victor A. Shnirelman; 2. National history and identity narratives in China and cultural heritage interpretation in Xinjiang Gwen P. Bennett; 3. 'Yerevan, my ancient Erebuni': archaeological repertoires, public assemblages, and the manufacture of a (post-)Soviet nation Adam T. Smith; 4. Violence and power visualized: representations of military engagements between Central Asia and the Achaemenid Persian Empire Wu Xin; 5. Public vs. private: perspectives on the communication of power in ancient Chroasmia Fiona Kidd, Michelle Negus Cleary and Elizabeth Baker Brite; 6. Lines of power: equality or hierarchy among the Iron Age agro-pastoralists of southeastern Kazakhstan Claudia Chang; Part II. Materialities of Homeland, Practices of Expansion: 7. Homelands in the present and in the past: political implications of a dangerous concept Philip Kohl; 8. Processes and practices of death: toward a bioarchaeology of dynamic societies Maureen Marshall; 9. Ritualization of weapons in a contact zone: between the past and the present Kathryn M. Linduff and Yang Jianhua; 10. Ethos, materiality, and paradigms of political action in early medieval communities of the northwestern Caspian region Irina Lita Shingiray; 11. Legitimacy and control: the making of the imperial Liao heartland Hu Ling; 12. A bioarchaeological study of Xiongnu expansion in Iron Age Tuva, South Siberia Eileen M. Murphy; Part III. Regimes of the Body, Revolutions of Value: 13. Kazakhstan, post-socialist transition, and the problem of multiple materialities Victor Buchli; 14. Forging social networks: metallurgy and the politics of value in Bronze Age Eurasia David L. Peterson; 15. Where pottery and politics meet: mundane objects and complex political life in the Late Bronze Age South Caucasus Alan Greene; 16. Forming techniques and Kura-Araxes period pottery in the Eastern Caucasus MaryFran Heinsch; 17. Beastly goods: pastoral production in the Late Bronze Age Tsaghkahovit Plain Belinda H. Monahan; 18. From regimes to revolutions: technology and technique at the Bronze Age tell at Szazhalombatta, Hungary Joanna Sofaer; Conclusion: on archaeology and politics across Eurasia Geoff Emberling.

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This book brings together archaeological investigations of Eurasian regimes and revolutions ranging from the Bronze Age to the modern day.

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Charles W. Hartley is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He most recently published (with Alan Greene) 'From Analog to Digital: Protocols and Program for a Systematic Digital Radiography of Archaeological Pottery' in Vessels: Inside and Outside, Proceedings of the 9th European Meeting on Ancient Ceramics (EMAC '07), edited by Katalin Biro, Veronika Szilagyi and Attila Kreiter. G. Bike Yazicioglu is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her published work includes 'Archaeological Politics of Anatolia: Imaginative Identity of an Imaginative Geography' in Social Orders and Social Landscapes, edited by L. M. Popova, C. W. Hartley and A. T. Smith. Adam T. Smith is a professor of anthropology at Cornell University. His publications include The Political Landscape: Constellations of Authority in Early Complex Societies and The Archaeology and Geography of Ancient Transcaucasian Societies I: The Foundations of Research and Regional Survey in the Tsaghkahovit Plain, Armenia (co-authored with R. Badalyan and P. Avetisyan).

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