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The Mirror of the Medieval

An Anthropology of the Western Historical Imagination

K. Patrick Fazioli

218 pages, 4 figures, 2 maps, 2 tables, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-544-0 $110.00/£78.00 Hb Not Yet Published (May 2017)

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“Instead of yet another book about the use and misuse of archaeology or medievalism for political purposes, The Mirror of the Medieval takes the far more difficult path of asking why the Middle Ages are so easily hijacked and misunderstood, approaching the subject from the perspective of anthropology. This is an ambitious, highly original, and persuasive book that belongs on the shelf of any anthropologist, historian, or individual interested in the Middle Ages.” · Florin Curta, University of Florida

“Fazioli clearly and comprehensively deals with the interactions of the past, historical research, and the popular imagination. He fluently combines the methods of history, anthropology, and archaeology in a way that is relevant for all three fields as well as the general public.” · Sebastian Brather, Albert Ludwig University of Freiburg

Since its invention by Renaissance humanists, the myth of the “Middle Ages” has held a uniquely important place in the Western historical imagination. Whether envisioned as an era of lost simplicity or a barbaric nightmare, the medieval past has always served as a mirror for modernity. This book gives an eye-opening account of the ways various political and intellectual projects—from nationalism to the discipline of anthropology—have appropriated the Middle Ages for their own ends. Deploying an interdisciplinary toolkit, author K. Patrick Fazioli grounds his analysis in contemporary struggles over power and identity in the Eastern Alps, while also considering the broader implications for scholarly research and public memory.

K. Patrick Fazioli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities at Mercy College (NY) and a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is the author of Technology, Identity, and Time: Studies in the Archaeology and Historical Anthropology of the Eastern Alpine Region from Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages (2013).

Series: Volume 29, Making Sense of History
Subject: General History Theory & Methodology in Anthropology Archaeology
Area:

BISAC: HIS037010 HISTORY/Medieval; HIS016000 HISTORY/Historiography; SOC002000 SOCIAL SCIENCE/Anthropology/General

BIC: HBLC1 Medieval history; JHM Anthropology




Contents

List of Tables, Figures, and Maps
Acknowledgements

Introduction

PART I: ANTHROPOLOGY, HISTORY, AND THE MIDDLE AGES

Chapter 1. Manifesto for an Anthropology of Historicity
Chapter 2. Mirror of the Medieval
Chapter 3. Anthropology’s Lost Medieval Heritage

PART II: IDENTITY, POWER, AND THE MEDIEVAL PAST IN THE EASTERN ALPINE REGION

Chapter 4. German Imperialism and the Early Medieval Past
Chapter 5. Slovenian Identity and the Early Medieval Past  
Chapter 6. Beyond Ethnicity: Technological Choice and Communities of Practice
Chapter 7. Christianization, Syncretism, and an Archaeology of Time

Conclusion: Mourning Modernity and the Myth of the Medieval

References
Index

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