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Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict

Archaeologies of Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, and Repression

Dark Modernities

Editors: Symonds, James, Vařeka, Pavel (Eds.)

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  • Address some of the key episodes of violent repression that have taken place in recent historyDemonstrates how state-of-the-art archaeological techniques can recover detailed scientific evidence to identify victims and to substantiate historical claims of murder and brutality
    Enhances public awareness and understandings of the crimes of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes and demonstrates that state oppression has not been eradicated but has merely shifted geographical focus, and is ongoing in the second decade of the 21st century

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This book offers new insights into the mechanisms of state control, systematic repression and mass violence focused on ethnic, political, class, and religious minorities in the recent past. The geographical and temporal scope of the volume breaks new ground as international scholars foreground how contemporary archaeology can be used to enhance the documentation and interpretation of totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, to advance theoretical approaches to atrocities, and to broaden public understandings of how such regimes use violence and repression to hold on to power.

About the authors

James Symonds is Professor of Historical Archaeology at the University of Amsterdam. His research interests focus on global historical and contemporary archaeology, and his recent projects have included work on urban archaeology; conflict archaeology; the archaeology of Diasporic communities; and archaeologies of poverty and inequality.

Pavel Vařeka is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Archaeology at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. His recent work has focused on later medieval, post-medieval, and modern settlement archaeology; building archaeology; ‘campscape’ archaeology; and archaeologies of communism. He has also led archaeological expeditions to the North Caucasus and Kyrgyzstan.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Symonds, James (et al.)

  • Mass Graves: Strategies of Extermination During the Spanish Civil War and Franco’s Dictatorship

    Pages 17-40

    Muñoz-Encinar, Laura

  • Concentration Camps: Classifying the Subjects of the New Spain

    Pages 41-61

    Ayán, Xurxo

  • Double Vision and the Politics of Visibility: The Landscapes of Forced and Slave Labor

    Pages 63-81

    Carr, Gilly

  • The Heart of Terror: A Forensic and Archaeological Assessment of the Old Gas Chambers at Treblinka

    Pages 83-105

    Sturdy Colls, Caroline (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Archaeologies of Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, and Repression
Book Subtitle
Dark Modernities
Editors
  • James Symonds
  • Pavel Vařeka
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural Heritage and Conflict
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-46683-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-46683-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-46682-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 241
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 26 illustrations in colour
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