Excavating Nations: Archaeology, Museums, and the German-Danish Borderlands

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2015 - History - 260 pages
Excavating Nations traces the history of archaeology and museums in the contested German-Danish borderlands from the emergence of antiquarianism in the early nineteenth-century to German-Danish reconciliation after the Second World War. J. Laurence Hare reveals how the border regions of Schleswig-Holstein and Snderjylland were critical both to the emergence of professional prehistoric archaeology and to conceptions of German and Scandinavian origins. At the center of this process, Hare argues, was a cohort of amateur antiquarians and archaeologists who collaborated across the border to investigate the ancient past but were also complicit in its appropriation for nationalist ends. Excavating Nations follows the development of this cross-border network over four generations, through the unification of Germany and two world wars. Using correspondence and site reports from museum, university, and state archives across Germany and Denmark, Hare shows how these scholars negotiated their simultaneous involvement in nation-building projects and in a transnational academic community. --Provided by publisher.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
1 Antiquarians and Patriots
17
2 National Prehistories in the GermanDanish Wars
44
3 Discovery and Rediscovery at Haithabu
68
4 Nationalism Science and the Search for Origins
89
5 Prehistory and the Popular Imagination
114
6 Creating Nazi Archaeology
137
7 The Fate of Archaeology in the Borderlands
157
Conclusion
181
Notes
193
Bibliography
233
Index
249
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J. Laurence Hare is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Arkansas.

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